Before reading on, pick a number from 1 to 5. That’s your Story Seed. Ponder the components of the story and let your mind wander. Try out a few variations.
Did you write your daily 500 last week? Unless you’re already a career novelist (and perhaps even if you are), it’s likely that you did not. It was a crazy week–right?–and you just didn’t have time. Here’s the interesting thing: you’re both right and wrong. You’re wrong about not having “time” to write 500 words…… Continue reading Writing Life: Jack London’s Club
I am delighted and honored the write the first guest blog for Clarion! I don’t think I have written a blog before, so this is fun. I also feel like since it is “a blog” and not something more formal, I can just ramble on about whatever is on my mind. I have been in…… Continue reading Guest blog from Matt Bialer, Literary Agent, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
Below are just a few factoids I’ve collected over the years. Again, pick a number from 1 to 5. That’s your prompt: jot down the first story idea that comes to mind. Noodle around with it a bit and see if the story wants to move. If so, follow it. If not, pick a different number and try again.
To continue a thought I expressed in my first post, I would like to take this opportunity to propose that if the Clarion workshop is to have a 100% success rate in producing professional speculative fiction writers, it needs acquire enough donations each year to hire a team of Writing Enforcers. I envision eighteen steely-eyed,…… Continue reading Writing Life: Drop and Give Me 500
How do you introduce your reader to your fantasy or science fiction world? You have a protagonist that’s seeing it for the first time, of course. They can point out the fascinating stonework on that never-conquered tower, or the intricate knobs on that FTL drive. But the thing about exploring exotic locales is that the…… Continue reading Is Your Lizard-Man a Close Talker?
Writers seem to be mixed on the use of prompts. Some love em, some hate em. Some just don’t need em. For some, they’re the perfect little nudge that finally gets the ball rolling. As I write this, I sit in my East Texas home. I have a small garden plot outside, which I’ve been…… Continue reading Writing Prompt #1