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The Dead Men’s Shoes Society

(Extra special bonus bragging rights points for anyone who can identify the source of the title of this post–yes, it is a name that I used in The Book Of Lost Doors, but where did I steal it from originally?) … Continue reading

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“Worth The Candle”

Okay, so I started in on the story that I promised to write in my last post. There is still plenty of time to get your name into it–all you have to do is leave a review of Duel Visions … Continue reading

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Red Shirts & Reviews

Haven’t you always wanted to be part of the shadowy underworld of outlaw spellcasters? To live the life of a magical gangster, full of danger, intrigue, unlawful conjurations, and bucketfuls of cold hard cash? Well, here’s your chance! I will … Continue reading

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Joe’s Sandwich II: When Mayo Holds

A while back I wrote a post in which I first introduced the concept of Joe’s Sandwich. I’ve been working a lot in the short story format and I find myself returning to the idea, and also to some ideas … Continue reading

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What Can I Do To Encourage And Support Fan Reviewers?

The skills needed for writing good reviews are different than the skills needed for writing good fiction. That is not to say that some people can’t have both sets of skills, but rather than being good at one does not … Continue reading

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Are you a storyteller or a storyshower?

If you write fiction you’re a storyteller. Other media–movies and comics, for example, show the audience the story. Fiction tells a story. The oft-repeated advice, “show, don’t tell” is good for filmmakers and artists, but I have become convinced that … Continue reading

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Kinds Of Rejections (And What To Do About Them)

Since I have been concentrating on short fiction I have been submitting more stories and I have to say that, in general, I like being published in someone else’s project way more than self-publishing. In addition to the writing itself, … Continue reading

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Voice Direction

I spent a long time trying to come up with a snappy phrase for the literary concept I want to discuss. My first idea was to call it Point Of Observation, as a corollary to Point Of View, then I … Continue reading

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The Invisible Character

Recently two posts over on The Emporer’s Notepad, one on Deep POV and one on 1st Person Narrators, helped clarify some thoughts of my own. Fiction is a conversation between people who don’t exist. I’m not talking about quoted dialogue between … Continue reading

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Romancing The Reader

I have written before about going on a date as an analogy for writing (perhaps because my success rate for both is near-zero, but let’s not dwell on that.)   My point is that a work of fiction is there to … Continue reading

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