Let it begin: everyone clamoring to explain why they don’t need to use a dictionary. They know how to spell. They know the meaning of words (or can figure them out based on context). They have spellcheck or Grammarly. Yes — I’ve heard it all, and I still think everyone who writes should write with a dictionary open.
There’s been a fascinating moment happening on Twitter as relates to advice on writing. Really as relates to advice on advice.
During the next six weeks, while this year's Odyssey Workshop class toils, those of us who aren't this year's lucky contestants can play along at home with an unofficial writing challenge ...
Back before I had to have a professional persona, I used to think personality was king when it came to blogging. That's not entirely true. Content was king. But content is only interesting in one of two ways: (1) you're saying something relevant and informative and ideally it's new information and/or clearly stated, or (2) you're saying something old but with such personality and flair that people want to read you just for the fun of it.
The clearest explanation of the differences between fantasy and surrealism I've yet to see comes from Ursula K. Le Guin's essay "The Critics, the Monsters, and the Fantasists."
Thankfully, the definition of speculative fiction simple: Speculative fiction is any storytelling possessing elements that aren’t feasible based on modern technology or elements that cannot be explained by modern science.
In early 2016, I was ask to participate alongside other small press editors as a panelist in the day long event "Get Published! 2016" at the Herrick District Library in Holland, Michigan, hosted by MiFiWriters. The programming mainly focused on the mechanics of publication, so that's what I'd prepped for. But there were a couple … Continue reading When To Kill a Character
Beginning writers are often given the advice "write what you know." It's not a rule, not by a long shot. It's advice. And it's not even advice that applies long-term. It's training wheels. When you're starting to write, you have a lot of brand new considerations to make. You're learning to balance craft -- storytelling, grammar, … Continue reading Writing What You Know and Researching What You Don’t