On Managing To Stress Over… Fan Mail

I’ve been thinking about fan mail a lot recently. When I knew I’d be blogging here, I figured maybe I could write something about it. I worried that fan mail wasn’t relevant to emerging authors, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt there were parallels, some right at the heart of…… Continue reading On Managing To Stress Over… Fan Mail

Writer’s Craft #9: The Blurb

It’s a weekday night and there’s a message in my e-mail from the publicist at Edge, the marvelous and energetic Janice Shoults, asking me for a “back of the book blurb” for my up-coming novel Healer’s Sword. She wants it yesterday (literally, I should check my e-mail more often), so I dash one off: “Love…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #9: The Blurb

Spec Tech: Finding Your Way Through Space

Let’s say you are blindfolded and taken across the universe. You wake up in your sophisticated spaceship in some unknown corner of the cosmos…where are you? Is there any way to tell? Perhaps more realistically, if you are navigating your craft through the galaxy, how don’t you get lost? Bearings The first thing to do…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Finding Your Way Through Space

Writer’s Craft #8: How Much to Craft the Draft?

Writer Kristin Janz (http://www.kristinjanz.com/) wonders whether it’s better to write a first draft as quickly as possible, without thinking about revision until you’ve reached an ending point, or whether it’s better to painstakingly get each paragraph and scene as right as possible the first time. “I’ve experimented with extreme examples of each style, and I’m…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #8: How Much to Craft the Draft?

Clarion Call #7: The Bassinet

Do with this what you will. Kelan leaned over the bassinet, gazing down at its tiny occupant. “Greetings, ancient one.” There are only two rules for Clarion Calls: If you choose to try the assignment, do not read the comments section before you post yours. This is a critique-free zone, and that includes critique of…… Continue reading Clarion Call #7: The Bassinet

Spec Tech: “Wait, who hit who?”

This week’s Spec Tech post is jointly written by the two linguists on the faculty: Ryan Denzer-King and Chris Doty. Before we dive into the topic of this week’s post, we need a bit of background. All languages have ways of indicating who is doing what to whom, a phenomenon known as person-marking. English, like…… Continue reading Spec Tech: “Wait, who hit who?”