U is for: U2

. . . And all of the other contributors to the great pool of quotes about being an writer. Here are three of my favorites, beginning with this post’s namesake: “Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief; All kill their inspiration and sing about the grief.” –U2, The Fly You can listen to this […]

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T is for: Technobabble

Inventing science from scratch isn’t fun. Well, ok, it is, but in an if-I-play-this-wrong-the-ridicule-will-be-both-deserved-and-endless sort of way.  All the science fiction greats seem to have mastered it, however, from extrapolation based in real science of the author’s time to a rush of invented jargon meant to sound so technical that the reader chooses to believe […]

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R is for: Responsibility

Do we have a responsibility to our writing? To our characters? Is writing a responsibility to ourselves, or is it just something that we do? I ask this as I weigh the responsibility I have to write an essay on the fall of Ceausescu by Thursday with my promise to myself that I would get […]

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Q is for: Quandry

Quandaries make great plots. They are less fun in real life. I’m in the middle of one right now called the “is the strange number texting me someone I knew back in high school, someone I used to know in the dorms, or does a total stranger somehow know my name and my interests and […]

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P is for: Posting

I’m doing a terrible job of keeping these A to Z posts new and exciting, so here’s a list of ways to make blog posts interesting which you can imagine that I’ve done here: 1) Pictures! People love pictures. 2) Video! Short video. Attention spans are short and time is finite. 3) Great lists of […]

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O is for: Out or Words

Do you ever have days where you feel our of things to say? I certainly do. But what does one do when this happens in the middle of your first draft? One word: Edit. It is never to early to review what you have so far and see what needs fixing. It saves you the […]

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N is for: Naysaying

Don’t do it! That’s my advice to myself this week. Square three of ten is still better than square one, and as long as I’m doing SOMETHING, that’s valuable. Writers love to stroke our own egos when things go well and then tear ourselves apart when we realize that our work is less than perfect, […]

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