There's a lot of self-talk that goes into drafting, because it's impossible for me to believe, if I stand back and look at the magnitude what needs to be done, that I'll actually be able to do it.
Holy cats, I really have been NaNoing since 2010. Considering everything, I was thinking of skipping this year. But things bubble, and NaNo has always been a really satisfying experience for me. So here we go again! And since I'm into lists of 5 these days, here are 5 things I learned from NaNoWriMo. Your … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Year 8
One of the things that comes from not being famous is that nobody ever asks you about the things you want to talk about the most. I've got a couple of prime promo slots for this book--one on Mary Robinette Kowal's MY FAVORITE BIT, one on John Scalzi's BIG IDEA, and a nice interview on … Continue reading About That Book…
I'm about to go into promo overload for Book 3, but given where I live and recent events, I want to say something first about what happened in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. And it's pretty much this: White nationalism--Naziism, fascism, white supremacy, whatever title the news media tries to use--is a corrupt, corrosive, … Continue reading Charlottesville
My most vivid memories of Wizard World are of the times I disagreed with people. Of course, it wasn't always a wise choice. On one panel, offering strategies for writer's block, I quoted an audience member from an earlier discussion: "Drinking and drugs." (Which was meant as humor, of course, but I think the moderator … Continue reading Writing Retreats, or: Why I Can’t Teach Anyone A Damn Thing About Writing
aka Still Not The All-Encompassing Wizard World Philadelphia Post (sorry) One of the things I've always believed is that writing is such a deeply individual process that there's very little I can teach someone else about craft. I'm not talking about basics like grammar and vocabulary. I tend to assume writers are either already well-versed … Continue reading Writing Advice and Rule-Breaking
"How do you go about writing a character that's a different gender than yourself?" That was a question I got at a panel at Wizard World Philadelphia, and it caught me completely off-guard. This isn't because it wasn't a question I could answer, or even an issue I haven't thought about. This was entirely because … Continue reading Writing Gender