On Writing

Photos of Abandoned Russia – The Atlantic

“For years, photographers have traveled across Russia finding and photographing intriguing ghost towns, empty Soviet factories, toppling houses, and crumbling churches.”

For me, though, it’s really more about just finding cool, funky, unique places to spark the imagination and speculate on what kind of stories could be set there.

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Vintage Geek Culture — Top Misconceptions People Have about Pulp-Era…

You know I love me some science fiction. This post, over on the tumblr site Vintage Geek Culture, is a great dispelling of the “truths” of the pulp era. Like Chuck Wendig’s post about the “Sacred Cows of Writing Advice” and Dean Wesley Smith’s books on the myths of conventional and indie publishing, it’s great to see critical looks at the way we’ve always believed things to be.

While there is always a core to these “truths,” there’s also an equal number of examples which show there is more to it.

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The Slush Pile

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Many years ago, not long after I first moved to Los Angeles, I met a guy named Steve Boyett. We became friends and he introduced me to Jessie Horsting who, at that time, was the editor and publisher of Midnight Graffiti Magazine*. I was young and volunteered to work on the magazine, which should come back because it was amazing. My first job was to read slush. I told Boyett this one night while we were having a late night breakfast at some 24 hour diner.  Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience – Brain Pickings

So I posted this on Facebook, but it seems like it needs a more permanent home. Therefore, posting it here.

And while it’s true this is piece is focused on Gaiman, there are a number of really good links which are just as important to the truth of reading and storytelling that I wanted to keep it nearby. “Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are.”

Source: Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience – Brain Pickings

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On Writing Preparation

So I’m in a bit of a quandary. I just finished a fairly massive writing project and waiting on notes but while working on it, I was hitting my goal of writing every day (one of my personal, accountability goals). Once it finished, though, I’ve skipped a day here and there, but I want to get back to it, and I want to write something for me, not something I have to write to fulfill someone else’s deadlines and content pools (Yes, I’ll still do that, but I like writing fiction).  Continue reading

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A Word About Letters

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The Postcard Dilemma

resize_400x400_seniI love postcards. I’m a fan in general of souvenirs but nine times out of ten or even 99/100 if I buy anything at all, it’s postcards. When I travel, I tend to get postcards everywhere then spend my time in the evenings at local bars or coffee shops (or on trains or busses) writing them out and sending them from my next stop.  Continue reading

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The death of reading is threatening the soul – The Washington Post

So there was this article a few weeks back in The Washington Post: The death of reading is threatening the soul. Pretty heady stuff. Their subhead is Commitment to reading is an ongoing battle.

And I read it at a most opportune time.  Continue reading

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The Shape of Stories

I use the Vonnegut clip which ends this piece all the time in writing classes. It’s fascinating in that we absolutely canmap the arc, but it’s the details where it all gets interesting.

Plus, they use a Čiurlionis image in the header, which is just cool!

Source: The Six Main Stories, As Identified by a Computer – The Atlantic

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ZEN PENCILS » 207. STEPHEN KING: The desk

officeGavin at Zen Pencils does some really amazing work. I’ve shared his stuff before and I’m sure I will again. This time it’s about writing and its importance in the life of the writer.

Source: ZEN PENCILS » 207. STEPHEN KING: The desk

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