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. … More Being Professional vs. Being Interesting: Why I Changed and Am Changing My Persona
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.” … More 3 Steps to Tell Surrealism from Fantasy Fiction
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. … More What Is ‘Speculative Fiction’ and How Do We Define It?
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 … More 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, … More Writing What You Know and Researching What You Don’t