On Thursday, in Kater Cheek’s intriguing riff about the influence of agriculture on society, she included a quip about the drudgery of research. Research is, unfortunately, one of the most common inspiration-killers for writers. How many times have you been skimming along blithely through the creation of a story, only to suddenly slam face-first into…… Continue reading Writing Life: A Spoonful of Sugar
A pet peeve of mine is the whole “adventurers must eat stew” stereotype illustrated so beautifully in Diane Duane’s Tough Guide to Fantasyland. What’s worse is the inevitable “bread and cheese” that all adventurers eat, and if they get any fruit, you know it’s apples. I understand why high fantasy tends to skew medieval Europe—Tolkien…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Fake Asian Done Right.
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