Guest Blog from Russell Galen: Meta-Series

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.  Who has benefited from the typhoons and twisters of the last few years in publishing? Series authors are one example. Series are among the few types of fiction that have actually sold better since the big downturn that began in 2008. Series aren’t affected by the…… Continue reading Guest Blog from Russell Galen: Meta-Series

Writing Life: A Call to Action

Over the last several weeks, we’ve looked at some ways to incorporate writing into your life, and your life into writing.  We’ve talked about discipline, inspiration, research, community, and catharsis.  Now it’s time to put it all into action. This is an exciting time of year for Clarion.  Right now, eighteen aspiring spec fic authors…… Continue reading Writing Life: A Call to Action

Writing Life: Write Together, Die Alone

Think of an author you admire: someone who seems genuinely inspired and productive, someone whose success hasn’t gone to her head or caused a downturn in the quality of her work.  Do a little research, and more likely than not, you’ll find that this person has (or had) a writers’ group.  She may not necessarily…… Continue reading Writing Life: Write Together, Die Alone

SF&F Troubleshooting with Karen Joy Fowler: Setting

Today’s post kicks off our guest author series: at the end of each month we’ll be hearing from a working speculative fiction author on what they consider some of the most challenging and important aspects of writing science fiction and fantasy.  This series is called “SF&F Troubleshooting,” and our first contributor is bestselling author and…… Continue reading SF&F Troubleshooting with Karen Joy Fowler: Setting

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