So a very wise man said something pretty wise on the Wild Cards Facebook Group. Which, especially since lots of you aren’t on Facebook, or not in the Group, I thought I’d reprise here.
This pertains. Eventually. Trust me.
And yes. It was totally me. Deal. A truly wise person recognizes and values wisdom regardless of [...]
As a writer I have a habit of giving stuff my own names. People, things, even restaurants. Or maybe that’s just an excuse.
Moving on – I tend to come up with specific terms for tools I frequently use in my writing. And I just came up with one that tickles me so much I thought [...]
So listen up, kids. This is important:
Never tell your editor more than you have to.
I tell you this now ’cause I caught myself about to do it today.
It’s a similar principle to it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission. Which is also true. Often enough to be useful, anyway.
The key here is: in advance.
Learned this [...]
Or at least the long-deferred rewrite of The Dinosaur Lords has.
Though it does promise to be an adventure….
Just finished reading through The Editor’s notes, right up through Chapter 03. Which as of three days ago you can read for free online.
For the most part, quite good. As expected. There are also a few notes [...]
Last week, one morning: I woke up, and in my bed -
Just your basic, everyday Einiosaurus procurvicornis!!
Had an Einiosaurus running through my head!
(With apologies to The Beatles and A Day In The Life.)
Yes, that happened. I was in a doze, somewhere between asleep and awake, when the perfect opening to the scene I was [...]
So I just spent a happy, productive late morning/early afternoon designing, oh, I don’t know – just La Majestad, the capital city of the Empire of Nuevaropa.
Enjoy this picture of an adorable fossil dino that has paleontologists suspecting all meat-eaters – or possibly all dinosaurs – had feathers.
Because, if you haven’t yet sampled the [...]
So, it turns out giving yourself a big old rousing pep talk about what a great writer you are, how much you love writing, and how much fun you’ll have writing what you’re writing – no matter how useful that generally is – when what you’re actually doing is assembling and editing notes in preparation [...]
I am toying with the notion that my most important, and hardest, job as a writer (and perhaps in life as a whole) is getting out of my own way.
Discuss, please. Here in the Comments, or on Facebook or Twitter.
One way I try to accomplish getting out of my own way – which is working, [...]
While linking to yet another rendition of my current favorite story on Facebook, my friend Aaron Birenboim asks the musical question, “Will the other Wild Card contributors be getting a piece of this pie?”
And the answer is yes. Yes, we will.
Would Wild Cards stoop to using sex to sell?
We – that’s all official Wild [...]
Since I am in a … curmudgeonly mood today, what with this thing and that other thing, I’ll just go ahead and whack on a chunk of Accepted Wisdom from when I was a tad.
“Write what you know.”
Do they still tell you that? (“They” being those nebulous Authorities, who always somehow know your business better [...]