Archive of all blog posts tagged 'writing' for 2018


As The Nines Roll Over (2018/12/31 07:00)
One last bit before next year, about the significance of the choices I've made for the coming twelvemonth.

Plug And Play Character Set (2018/12/29 05:00)
On fixing a casting issue in the new novel, by way of a previously unused character.

Future Schlock (2018/12/21 08:00)
On how SF tries to imagine the future, and how that needs to be more than uplift or doomsaying.

2019 And All That (2018/12/20 05:00)
The Genji Press Agenda for the coming year.

Beat It To Fit, Paint It To Match (2018/12/07 05:00)
"Workshop" is the wrong word for the place where we come to mutually improve our writing.

Slugging (And Slogging) On (2018/12/03 08:00)
Getting caught up, and some notes on criticism from days past.

No, No, NaNo (2018 Edition) (2018/11/20 08:00)
There was, as you can guess, no NaNoWriMo challenge for me this year. But it wasn't always like that.

A Few Less Words Next Time (2018/10/22 05:00)
No good story is ever too long and no bad story is ever too short, but that's still no reason to waste breath.

In Lieu Of Telepathy (2018/10/21 08:00)
You can't tell people anything; sometimes you can't even show them, either.

We're Almost There (2018/10/19 07:00)
More 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' news!

An Early Thanksgiving Gift Of Sorts (2018/10/15 08:00)
'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' is about to drop!

A Walk-On Part In The War, Or A Lead Role In A Cage (2018/10/10 07:00)
On The Minnie Effect in fiction.

Behind The Scenes With 'AONO', Pt. 8: The Soundtrack (2018/10/01 05:00)
The soundtrack for my new novel.

In And Out Of The Trench (2018/09/27 08:00)
.I ran once again into an old issue: the way a story doesn't look remotely the same in the trenches as it does at the 30,000 foot level.

Behind The Scenes With 'AONO', Pt. 7: The Themes (2018/09/26 05:00)
A discussion of the themes in my new novel, and how they are embodied there.

Large And In Charge (2018/09/22 05:00)
On "volume equals value for money" in books.

Back In Circulation (2018/09/22 08:00)
Heard you missed us?

The Almost There Blues (2018/09/10 05:00)
I keep telling myself, writing the next book isn't going to be such a marathon.

The Grand Mutation (2018/09/09 01:00)
For fun I sat down and mentally traced the progress of my earlier SF-space-opera thingy Flight Of The Vajra.

Nowhere Are We Commanded To Be Doormats (2018/09/07 08:00)
Kevin Drum dropped an aphorism worth repeating: "When you write, pretend you’re writing for people you respect."

Behind The Scenes With 'AONO', Pt. 6: The Supporting Cast (2018/09/03 05:00)
A discussion of the supporting cast in my new novel, and the roles they play.

Go Elsewhere, Young Man (2018/08/28 05:00)
"The best way to write fiction is to read, watch, and listen to anything but fiction." I am not sure that it is the best way, but I think it is ultimately one of the most valuable.

Behind The Scenes With 'AONO', Pt. 5: The Characters (2018/08/24 08:00)
An introduction to the roster of characters for my new novel, starting with the leads.

The Dreaming System (2018/08/05 05:00)
On de-romanticizing the writing process.

Behind The Scenes With 'AONO', Pt. 4: The Story (2018/08/03 05:00)
How the diverse influences for my new novel shaped its story.

Behind The Scenes With 'AONO', Pt. 3: The Influences (2018/07/27 08:00)
How everything from 'John Wick' and 'Strange Days' to 'Rurouni Kenshin' fed into my new novel.

Behind The Scenes With 'AONO', Pt. 2: The Idea (2018/07/23 08:00)
How my new novel 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' took shape when an existing project fell through.

Behind The Scenes With 'AONO', Pt. 1: The Origins (2018/07/19 05:00)
How my new novel 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' began with a failed fan theory about 'The Matrix'.

Watts Up (2018/07/15 08:00)
On how social-reading network Wattpad is becoming a hub for discovering the next big thing.

Court And Spark (2018/07/11 05:00)
It's the fate of most any creator to never know what their work means to other people, but only to themselves.

It Helps To Stay On Track (2018/06/29 06:00)
I made a pledge to myself to keep you in the loop. So, here's the loop.

The Do-Over (2018/06/24 08:00)
What, I'm still editing the latest novel?! Well, yeah.

Look Upon My Works ... (2018/06/21 05:00)
The work should be about the making of the work.

The Paradox Of Limits (2018/06/15 08:00)
Maybe we need to speak of focus rather than limits.

Don't Write What You Know, Write How You Know It (2018/06/12 05:00)
Looking at two bits of reading and writing advice from Saul Bellow.

No Second Guessing (2018/06/10 08:00)
More on why motives matter for creative work.

You're A DJ, Not A Librarian (2018/06/08 05:00)
You don’t ever write a story, you just write part of one.

What's In A Title? (2018/06/05 08:00)
The less the better, paradoxically.

Spotless Mirrors, And All That (2018/05/31 08:00)
The editing and rewriting process for any of my books always exposes me to the same dilemmas.

A Better Beta (2018/05/21 08:00)
On giving, getting, and using good feedback on your work.

The Unfinishing Touches (2018/05/16 05:00)
On imperfection in creative work.

Advertisement(s) For Myself (2018/05/10 08:00)
On confronting my uneasy feelings about self-promotion.

Say You, Cliché Me (2018/04/17 08:00)
"A cliché is as much about the deployment and the mode of use as it is the item itself..."

The Driver's Seat (2018/04/05 05:00)
On the problems of a passive protagonist.

'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.


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