Archive of all blog posts tagged 'writing'


'I Burned It All' (2018/03/14 08:00)
Take your story. Rip it up and start again. What's left?

Copyediting With A Machete (2018/03/12 08:00)
On avoiding the temptation to edit drastically, late in the game.

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.

Unsticking The Gears (2018/01/27 08:00)
No prizes for guessing I'm talking about my next project.

A Few Words From LeGuin (2018/01/24 06:00)
Parting words, unfortunately.

February, Come She Will (2018/01/18 08:00)
What's on the slate for Chez Genji.

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?

Player Zero (2018/01/05 08:00)
On why books need to be written to be books, not film pitches-to-be.


Speaking In Tongues (And Writing In Them, Too) (2017/12/10 08:00)
"Translators are people who read books for us."

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 Quick One Before I'm Away (2017/11/01 08:00)
A rundown of projects in progress and other things.

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.

Other-Upsmanship (2017/10/14 08:00)
I started writing, why? Because "I could do that, too."

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.

The Road Not Taken And All That (2017/09/05 08:00)
How 'Flight Of The Vajra' could have begun altogether differently.

If I Had More Time, I Would Have Written a Shorter Novel (2017/09/04 07:00)
On my unease with creating longer works.

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