Writing Prompt #3

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.

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Writing Life: Jack London’s Club

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

Guest blog from Matt Bialer, Literary Agent, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

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

Writing Prompt #2

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.

Writing Life: Drop and Give Me 500

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

Is Your Lizard-Man a Close Talker?

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?