M. John Harrison on the next five years in SF publishing

Posted on Wed 27 April 2016 in Dispatches • Tagged with publishing, quote, scifi, sff, writing • 1 min read

I also suspect that we’ll see less fiction of all kinds. Everyone will have published their novel and discovered they aren’t going to get rich–or even noticed–by writing. The industry, especially in its middleclass form, ie traditional, paper-published litfic, saw peak remuneration in the 1990s and …


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Writing Excuses Shares Newton’s Laws of Writing

Posted on Tue 05 April 2016 in Dispatches • Tagged with quote, writing • 1 min read

  1. A word count at rest will tend to stay at rest, and a word count in motion will tend to stay in motion.
  2. Word count = Motivation * Focus
  3. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. When you write words, they write back. Writing is its own reward.

Howard Taylor, Writing …


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Quote: Charlie Jane Anders on Sentences for Fiction

Posted on Sun 20 September 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with quote, writing • 1 min read

People will advise you to write all sorts of sentences. Snappy sentences, lyrical sentences, Hemingway-esque short sentences, long Faulknerian sentences. But there’s really only one kind of sentence that actually works: a sentence that carries the reader forward from the previous sentence.

Charlie Jane Anders, The Only Kind of …


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Chuck Wendig Critiques Your Story

Posted on Tue 26 May 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with humor, writing • 1 min read

Chuck Wendig serves up a thoughtful and accurate critique of your current work in progress, which he has not read. While doing so, he highlights the key points of progression that should occur in a story. Namely, illustrating how things keep getting worse until your protagonist figures out a real …


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Using Ulysses

Posted on Tue 14 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with ios, mac, reviews, tech, ulysses, writing • 5 min read

I struggle with the notion of app-evangelizing. In the past, I was as guilty of it as anyone. I would proudly proclaim such-and-such as the ultimate app for something or other. Part of that is an aspect of nerdy fandom, and another large part of it was learned behavior from other online writers. However, I think we can all agree that such statements are disingenous and certainly not an accurate representation of any given market.


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Fixing the Easter Bunny Narrative

Posted on Mon 06 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with easter, myth, wendig, writing • 6 min read

This piece is a response to Chuck Wendig, who was wishing for an Easter Bunny story with a bit more detail to tell all of our children.


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Quote: Kelly Sue DeConnick on Feminism in Her Writing

Posted on Sat 04 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, feminism, writing • 1 min read

I don’t actually set out to write political pamphlets. I’m always writing story first, and even before that I’m always writing character first – everything is born of character. But I think that I have some very strong feelings about some things; in particular, ideas of fairness and …


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On Journaling

Posted on Mon 23 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with journal, personal, psychology, writing • 3 min read

Do you keep a journal? I often wonder.

It’s something we’re told we should do. Any simple search on the internet, or any self-help book you care to pick up, will suggest that there are numerous mental health benefits to journaling. Yet, when doing informal polls of the …


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Sam Sykes: In The Tombs of Poets

Posted on Fri 20 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with art, movies, writing • 1 min read

Sam Sykes has published a reflection on the life of Shin Sang-Ok, and on an artist’s need to create.

The idiot ninja action film I watched as a kid was the last legs of a man who was being denied his needs for a final time. The stupid movie …


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Morning Pages

Posted on Sun 17 August 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal, ulysses iii, writing • 2 min read

I’ve been trying to get back into the routine of doing morning pages. That is, the process of writing three pages of material each day to clear my mind and prime my creative pump for the day. Sometimes, I have something structured in mind for that morning, sometimes it …


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