The Characters Who Don't Do Anything (2018/02/21 05:00)
Don't write stories about "people waiting for their lives to begin."
The Critic-Proof Story (2018/02/18 01:00)
Spoiler: It doesn't exist.
Walkabout, Workabout (2018/02/13 05:00)
"...if we think of “done” as a point we navigate towards, tacking here and there, we can embrace change."
Get On With It (2018/02/09 05:00)
On not over-documenting creative work.
A Few Words From LeGuin (2018/01/24 06:00)
Parting words, unfortunately.
Mystery, Not Mystification (2018/01/11 05:00)
If you shoot for ambiguity, some people are going to come away from your work bored or confused. Here's how to cope.
It's A Living (2018/01/06 05:00)
If written fiction's becoming nothing but a prelude to adaptation, what's that mean for written fiction itself?
You Feel That Feeling? (2017/11/29 08:00)
On choosing an emotional resonance for a story.
The 'I' In Experiment (2017/11/21 07:00)
All art is experimental. Let's not shy away from that.
Those One-And-Done-Isms (2017/11/17 07:00)
More on why I'm a never-the-same-thing-twice writer (and why others might not be).
A Passionate Mediocrity (2017/10/27 07:00)
On an author with a worldview that is more arrested development than substance.
Methods For The Radness (2017/10/22 08:00)
"Whatever works" is not the same as "anything goes", and other insights.
A Workspace Of One's Own (2017/10/19 08:00)
A few notes about creator's personal voodoo.
Forward Ever, Backwards Never (2017/10/13 08:00)
Who turns around and starts over in the middle of a first draft? A case study.
Boots On The Ground (2017/09/29 08:00)
Why nothing beats the "in-the-trenches" experience of writing.
While Standing On One Leg (2017/09/08 08:00)
Want to get to know your story? Pitch it to someone else.
If I Had More Time, I Would Have Written a Shorter Novel (2017/09/04 07:00)
On my unease with creating longer works.
Kid Stuff, Labels, And Vonnegut's Lament (2017/09/03 01:00)
It's a problem when you fall in love with the (SF) exception and not the (SF) rule.
The Word's The Word (2017/08/24 08:00)
On Hugh Howey's wish list for a word processor.
Me And One Other Fool (2017/08/16 08:00)
Who's really worth pleasing when you're writing? (And why?)
Action And Reaction And We-action (2017/08/06 07:00)
On not second-guessing audience responses to your work (again).
Two Ways To Blow It Dept. (2017/07/18 08:00)
Meaningless yet complex; simple yet shallow -- two ways to make a story founder.
We Have To Go Deeper Dept. (2017/07/08 08:00)
More on a story being complex vs. being deep.
Not The Bookish Type Dept. (2017/07/06 07:00)
I went looking for books in my personal library that are about the craft of writing. I could barely find any.
Post First Draft Blues (And Greens) Dept. (2017/07/03 09:00)
Some more detailed thoughts on having finished Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind