Five Things We Learned at Clarion, Part 2

Yesterday, I posted some of the lists generated when Jim Kelly asked former students about the five things we learned at Clarion.  There was some fantastic writing advice in there – so we got some more of the lists! As always, if you’ve written your own list and wouldn’t mind having it reposted here, leave…… Continue reading Five Things We Learned at Clarion, Part 2

Five Things We Learned At Clarion, Part 1

It all started on Facebook, when Clarion alumnus and teacher Jim Kelly posted this: The Clarion Writers workshops http://clarion.ucsd.edu/ and http://www.clarionwest.org/ are now taking applications. How about sharing five things you learned at Clarion? 1) It’s never too soon to start foreshadowing. 2) Adverbs are the enemy. 3) If possible, pick a life partner with…… Continue reading Five Things We Learned At Clarion, Part 1

Writer’s Craft #4 – Distinct Voices

Kari Terhark writes: “My biggest problem right now is character development, or, how to keep the characters from all sounding the same.” A great challenge for any writer. Hope my examples below inspire you to comment with your own! Well-established characters are easiest. It isn’t hard to spot the terribly-nice Amel in the following exchange…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #4 – Distinct Voices

Clarion Call #3: The Quartet

For more socially-oriented writers, sometimes it’s easier to bounce off of another writer’s ideas than to come up with something out of thin air.  For that reason, Clarion Calls will occasionally throw out a scene fragment and ask you our readers to send it in whatever direction you wish.  You may add to the beginning,…… Continue reading Clarion Call #3: The Quartet

Spec Tech: How Close is too Close for Supernovae?

Every day throughout the universe old stars are exploding in fantastic, trembling concussions of mass and energy. Suffice it to say that you wouldn’t want to be next door when this happened. But just how close is too close? Is there a minimum safe distance from supernovae for an Earth-like planet? The exact answer is—of…… Continue reading Spec Tech: How Close is too Close for Supernovae?