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You will never write the perfect book

You will never write the perfect book

There is no such thing as a perfect book. Perfectionism has always been one of my issues. I won’t even want to start to do something if I can’t do it right. In school, I excelled where there were formulas […]

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Exposition Through Dialogue; or, My Characters Talk Too Much

Exposition Through Dialogue; or, My Characters Talk Too Much

I explore characters, settings, and plots through dialogue. Pure exposition bores me – gives me nothing dynamic to play with – so I use conversations. Dialogue seems like an easy way around the show-don’t-tell rule. My early stories used that […]

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Ethics and Narrative

Ethics and Narrative

While planning my attendance schedule for When Words Collide, a panel I’d never heard mentioned before caught my eye: Ethics. No, I can’t imagine that would catch the eye of the majority of people, but I’m quirky that way. I […]

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(My) Tropes To Avoid

One panel at World Fantasy was on tropes that must die. Situations and settings and characters and plot devices that are so overused that they need to be retired. Permanently. The anti-climax: I didn’t attend this panel. However, I have […]

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There is no one right way to write a story

There is no one right way to write a story

So, this post has been a long time in the making. I have been reaching and reaching for something that has been out of my reach for a long time. Why am I stuck? Why can’t I write, carefree, to […]

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When Words Collide 2015 Recap – Lessons from a Plot Workshop within an Unfamiliar Genre

When Words Collide 2015 Recap – Lessons from a Plot Workshop within an Unfamiliar Genre

Continuing on in my When Words Collide 2015 recap, the second workshop I attended was the Plot Workshop with Daniel Abraham (aka HLN Hanover, aka half of the pen name James S. A. Corey). His definition of plot was the […]

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