Your General SF Culture – story influences

Author’s Culture and Story Influences As an editor, I’m sometimes more conscious of where stories come from than many of the writers whose work crosses my desk. This isn’t a surprise. Story influences are sometimes less important than the stories they inspire. Nonetheless I was a little shocked to discover that one of my authors,… Continue reading Your General SF Culture – story influences

3 Kinds of Smarts

An Unfinished Definition A while ago – a fair while ago, I wrote a series of blog posts detailing the major difference between types of mental competence. I talk about intelligence, cleverness, cunning and wisdom. That post is all about what the words mean, where they come from, and how those types of intelligence are… Continue reading 3 Kinds of Smarts

Poetry Challenge – Introduction

Everyone Thinks They Know What Poetry Is … and what it is for. Even those¬†who are fanatical about it, who can quote lines, or whole poems, of their favorite poet. Who have shelves stuffed to the mixed metaphors with waxed hardcovers, AEG (all edges gilt) and an inset color plate on the front, probably of… Continue reading Poetry Challenge – Introduction

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The 8 Rules of Naming

WhoThing and WhatHer The story takes place in an imagined world, so it doesn’t have real-world placenames. The place is inhabited by indigenous flora and fauna that are unknown on Earth, so they have their own, local names. And the folks that live there have, to coin a phrase, never heard of Birmingham. So of… Continue reading The 8 Rules of Naming

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Overcoming Laziness: How the Writer Has Become Their Own Worst Enemy

People are lazy. Wait, I’ll say that in a broader sense. Nature is lazy. Now you might find this opinion piece hard to swallow if you’re a young Earth creationist, and you might even find it problematic if you believe that God thought of evolution long before man was smart enough to catch up, although… Continue reading Overcoming Laziness: How the Writer Has Become Their Own Worst Enemy

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The Poet and the Mad Computer: Rules for Killer Book Titles

Data, big or small, will never write a good novel. Why? Easy Answers In so much of our daily lives, there are simple problems with simple solutions, or simple problems to which a few general rules can be applied to solve them. Consider a window that won’t close. The rule “don’t force it” will prevent… Continue reading The Poet and the Mad Computer: Rules for Killer Book Titles

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5 Reasons Why You’ll Never Be A Great Novelist (And The Reason Why It Doesn’t Matter)

There are a lot of reasons why there aren’t great novelists anymore. I’m assuming you know what I mean by a great novelist. It’s someone whose fame as a writer of fiction is justified through the undeniable quality of their writing. Someone whose literary education, understanding, experience, effort, innovation and output is the source of… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You’ll Never Be A Great Novelist (And The Reason Why It Doesn’t Matter)

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