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2023

Quoting Chuck Wendig on defending your time for work
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Some great advice from Chuck Wendig to start your new year. As a writer, everyone wants a piece of you. They treat the act of writing as an unserious endeavor, failing to see it as the result of the three corners of art, craft and work.

2022

Tamsyn Muir On Meme References In Her Writing
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The truth is that I am just a very referential writer. And my problem is that I’ve got a very Catholic taste. There’s a hell of a lot of Bible stuff in there too.

2021

Nine Tips for a Legendary Campaign
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So you’re getting ready to kick off a campaign for your gaming group? Before you even get started, ask yourself: are you looking to create a campaign that will simply be fun, or one that your players will be talking about for years to come?

2019

New Fiction: A Heart Has Roots of Flame and Blood
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I’ve posted a new short story in Ye Olde Fiction section. This one’s for anyone who’s felt alien, and trapped by the weight of their own feelings. It’s also a reminder that those feelings can have power, even if it manifests in unexpected ways.
New Fiction: Memories of Stars
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There’s a new short story in ye olde fiction section. Well, I say, “new”. This is actually a couple years old, but it felt like a good time to share it.

2018

Writing Report Card: December 2017
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Continuing my recurring feature where I publicly post a report card of fiction writing activity each month. This series is inspired by Aeryn Rudel’s blog Rejectomancy. Each month I’ll post a report card summarizing words written, submissions, rejections, and hopefully acceptances.

2017

Writing Report Card: November 2017
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Articles writing submissions report card publishing
Last month, I announced a new recurring feature where I’ll publicly post a report card of fiction writing activity each month. This series is inspired by Aeryn Rudel’s blog Rejectomancy. Each month I’ll post my results, summarizing words written, submissions, rejections, and hopefully acceptances.
Writing Report Card: October 2017
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I’ve been writing a lot more lately, shifting my work from a secret passion to more of a serious pursuit. The last few months I’ve been making steady progress on project DARK CONDUIT, and producing short stories which I’ve been submitting to fiction markets.
Goodnight, Writer's Ledger. Hello, Pacemaker.
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I’ve written here before about one of my side projects, a suite of productivity tools for writers called Writer’s Ledger. The idea began from a desire to convert the spreadsheets I use for tracking manuscripts to a reusable web app.
Survey: How do fiction writers work?
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Are you a fiction writer? Do you find yourself curious about how other writers work and track their progress? You are not alone. I am fascinated by the processes that people use to blend their creative work with the business of making art.
18 Essential Apps for Getting Shit Done
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OMG, a workflow post! Apps, tools, productivity, oh my! Listen, we all know that no app can make you more productive by itself. Your methods are always more important than your tools.
Nine podcasts to help you escape the horror of our dying republic
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Let’s face it. Things are bad right now. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, it’s hard to be happy about anything at the moment, unless you’re, I don’t know, a bridge troll, I guess?

2016

Warren Ellis on Writing
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This is the part of the job that doesn’t get talked about a lot, not least because it’s hard to talk about, but also because it doesn’t involve Productivity and Goals and The Magic Of Writering and The Grand Statement and all that good stuff in interviews.
M. John Harrison on the next five years in SF publishing
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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 peak social status dividends in the first ten years of the new century.
Writing Excuses Shares Newton's Laws of Writing
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A word count at rest will tend to stay at rest, and a word count in motion will tend to stay in motion. Word count = Motivation * Focus Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

2015

Quote: Charlie Jane Anders on Sentences for Fiction
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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.
Chuck Wendig Critiques Your Story
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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.
Using Ulysses
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Let’s get something out of the way first, shall we? There Is No One App to Rule Them All> There Is No One App to Rule Them All # I struggle with the notion of app-evangelizing.
Fixing the Easter Bunny Narrative
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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. I think we can all agree that the Easter Bunny needs better messaging.
Quote: Kelly Sue DeConnick on Feminism in Her Writing
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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 justice.