So many of my students are very ambitious. Ten lectures, a pile of writing assignments and a workshop simply aren’t enough for them. And one thing that happens frequently in my courses is that someone will ask me about a topic, in one class, that I’ve written a lecture for, in another. So I make some of that material available here.
Recent Essays & FAQ responses:
Writer FAQ: Should I revise my manuscript to make it more marketable?
Teaching writing is like… the car metaphor essay.
And because one car metaphor deserves another, the spark plugs of fiction.
Qualities of prose: a list of things I look for when I’m judging the line-by-line writing in a manuscript.
Eye Bookisms: Being a technical article on the overuse of eye-related imagery and action.
Revision, from Macro to Micro. This is a tech writers’ technique that can work nicely on fiction.
Not all drafts are created equal: a few thoughts on qualitative grading.
The Science-Magic Continuum
Setting the Stage (setting in speculative fiction)
A Question of Character
Plot – What’s the Problem?
Revision and Marketing.
What Makes a Book Good?
Blackmail in fiction.