Desperation by John Kessel So you’re coming to Clarion. I don’t know you or your personal reasons, but I think I know something about what might drive somebody to make this commitment. One of my favorite albums of all time, one of my top three of the 1990s (along with Radiohead’s OK Computer and Moby’s…… Continue reading Desperation
There’s already a lot of advice on the Internet about how to break into professional writing. I don’t have much to add. In my experience, at least, there was no magic formula or kung-fu technique that finally did it for me. All I did was keep writing, every day, while trying to get people to…… Continue reading Never Be Ashamed.
Reach for the stars, or maybe, Hope for the stars. Writers are always setting challenges of every sort, at every level. We want to say something in such a way that other people want to hear it, but it is the challenges we set ourselves that make that possible. Speaking practically, most of us want…… Continue reading Asper ad astra, baby.
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
“A misfit is what you are,” Lywulf told her. “Like the rest of us.” (from Healer’s Sword, ETA Sept 2011, Lynda Williams) Is the line above punctuated correctly? It got past my editor, so I’m going with “yes”. The rule is to put a period after the tag line if the preceding quote completes a…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #2 – Quotes and Context