Enter the Villain

The year was 1967. I was standing in the store holding a copy of the first paperback edition of Frank Herbert’s Dune in my hand. It was huge. I don’t remember how many pages it was, but it was way larger than any single book I’d ever owned or read....

On Being a GPS Writer

2015 marked my eleventh year as a professional writer.  2004 was when I first began getting paid for my writing.  But like all writers I know, I’m continuing to grow in both my command of my craft and in my understanding of it.  And this year I gained an...

Reminder

Fictorians.com is giving away books all month, and this week, one of them is a paperback copy of 1636: The Devil’s Opera, written by me and Eric Flint, and signed by me. Here’s your opportunity to get one for free! Sign up today....

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Allow me to introduce you to the Fictorians, who blog as a group at Fictorians.com.  We’re a group of (mostly) young and up and coming writers who write about all aspects of the writing life. Our 1000th blog will occur in this month, August, and to celebrate, we...

Connecting

Most of us are not so egocentric that we write strictly for our own pleasure. We want our work to connect to readers. We want to know that we are touching someone; that our work creates a resonance in at least one reader who feels what we are trying to create in the...

Goal Setting: Another Perspective

“There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, and every single one of them is right!” —     Rudyard Kipling, winner of the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature, first native English-speaker to attain that prize. The above is taken from a poem...