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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Prequels

I have a pet peeve with prequels and it was only after watching “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewold” that I was able to pin down what specifically bothered me about it. So here’s a mostly spoiler-free review along with … Continue reading

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Sizing Up The Competition

I got a note recently from a newly published author asking for advice about something. In it they said something to the effect of “I can understand if you don’t want to reply; I am, after all, technically your competition … Continue reading

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Things That Make A Book

Sometimes you realize, “What this book needs is a secret society.” And that sends you down all sorts of paths and makes things more interesting.

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Writing Fights

The subject of the writing competition at RainFurrest was “Swords and Sorcery,” so it was perhaps predictable that a few of the stories were basically one long fight, and many included fights within them. A lot of the fights had … Continue reading

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Novel Progress

So I’m at that point in OOP#5 where the novel is boring and WHY AM I EVEN WRITING THIS and the good news is that at this point that is more a roadmark than a roadblock, kind of like passing … Continue reading

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A Thought For Writers

Instead of saying, “Well, that piece of writing advice clearly doesn’t apply to me,” how about trying, “What if that piece of writing advice did apply to me?” Or: it never hurts to try to get better at something, even … Continue reading

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Authors Be Aware

There is plenty of advice out there on the Interwebs for authors signing a contract, and a lot of it is “have an agent look over the contract before you sign it.” In the furry and self-publishing world, we generally … Continue reading

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Writing What You Can’t Know

Got this question in the e-mails: I thought of this when you said you were going to do a Cupcake with lesbians in an Agatha Christie – like style. It made me think about the process of writing an intimate … Continue reading

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Like A Barrel Of Metaphors

Okay, today we are going to talk about metaphors and similes, together*. Metaphors and similes are a powerful part of your writing, because they help build up the feeling the reader has about your work by associating your characters, settings, … Continue reading

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Patience

Taking a break from the end of OOP3+4 to write down something that’s sort of been on my mind. Nothing really triggered this particularly, just felt post-worthy this week. I get a lot of e-mails from people asking for writing … Continue reading

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