This month’s guest author is Dale Bailey, a novelist, Clarion instructor, and English professor. He is the author of House of Bones and The Fallen and innumerable short stories, and today he has a few words about why “quitting your day job” need not always be a professional writer’s goal. ——— When I was at…… Continue reading SF & F Troubleshooting: On Having a Day Job
Reading aloud to supporters charges your batteries.
I suppose I should start my first post as a member of the Spec Tech faculty with a brief introduction. I’m a PhD student in linguistics at the University of Oregon, and should be finishing my dissertation at some point — in the future, most likely. I’m also a writer of various things, both speculatively…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Linguistic Quirkiness
Many books of writing advice suggest that authors visit public places – Starbucks, a park, outdoor cafes, etc., and write down people’s conversations. The purpose of this activity is to familiarize writers with the indirect nature of speech. People don’t talk in a straight line, and conversations don’t proceed back-and-forth like a tennis match. Famously,…… Continue reading Writing Prompt #16: Fake Conversations
It is not always obvious in the world created by the literature of magic that the young magician needs training. Hogwarts, of course. Lev Grossman, true. But Earthsea and Middle-earth: those magicians needed seasoning, not schooling. I am here to tell you that training is important, at least if you live on dull earth where…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Learning Magic
For this month’s look into the SF&F marketplace, we have agent Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky Literary Agency. JABberwocky represents Charlaine Harris, Brandon Sanderson, Peter V. Brett, Tanya Huff, Elizabeth Moon, and many other speculative fiction authors both new and established. Here Joshua gives us his perspective on the long-awaited explosion of electronic publishing and its…… Continue reading Guest Blog from Joshua Bilmes: The E-book Revolution
Real pros just write. No artsy nonsense about getting in the zone while being sensitive on a beach and all that claptrap. Right? I’m sure you’ve heard the pro-speak mantra on this front. No star gazing, navel gazing, procrastination or profound doubts. This is work, folks, so face it like a man. (Or woman. Or…… Continue reading Writing Prompt #15: Remember Your Muse