Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you

To round up the little series of posts on the ingredients of a professional attitude as writers, let’s take a look at the last two, positivity and vision. They are closely related, and it’s important to realize that we have a distinctive choice in the matter. Life is the result of a series of choices,Continue reading “Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you”

Why Blogging About Writing Is Like Riding An Ostrich

Mostly, it feels like all the blogs and websites are just whooshing down some crazy information highway. Some people know what they’re doing and have the race cars to get there, while others just roll along in their minivans, or on their environmentally friendly bikes, getting forward in their own time. It’s an awesome, collaborativeContinue reading “Why Blogging About Writing Is Like Riding An Ostrich”

Writer’s Neurosis 101

It happens to everyone. Things get a little too much sometimes, especially when you’re spread thin. And before you can catch yourself, you’re flying around ass upwards in a hurricane. I’m not a stranger to that. It happens very rarely, and I usually deal with it in the privacy of my own mind. Except… nowContinue reading “Writer’s Neurosis 101”

13 Worldbuilding Questions

I’ve been busy worldbuilding this week. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the process of writing sci-fi, and it makes me all giddy and drooly like a kid that’s been dropped into a toybox. Since I revisited my collected materials for the worlds I’m writing in, and have overhauled one of theseContinue reading “13 Worldbuilding Questions”

The Three Pillars of Fiction

There are as many recipes for great fiction out there as there are recipes for pancakes. You can rummage through hundreds of blogs and writers’ websites, read tons of books on writing and follow random advice, but since you’re not a mindless copycat, what works for others might not work for you. The best wayContinue reading “The Three Pillars of Fiction”