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When We Burn Books …

"Where they burn books, they will end in burning human beings."

Dreaming of Writing a Bestseller

This is a valid desire. It is, after all, why most of us write—to share our stories and messages with as many people as possible.

When Science Fiction IS Science Fiction

It is a profound mistake to interpret the genre of science fiction literally

Ten Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters Before They Can...

our story lives and breathes through your characters. Through them your premise, idea and your plot come alive. Characters give your story meaning; they draw in the reader who lives the journey through them. Without them you wouldn’t have a story—you’d have a treatise.

Dreams and Perceptions…The Stuff of Science Fiction

I firmly believe that we ultimately define ourselves through our experience and our approach of the unfamiliar. A new relationship. A stranger in town. A different culture. An alien encounter…

Our Deepest Fear

It’s not what you think it is… There’s a poignant scene near the end of the 2005 movie “Coach Carter” where a student finally responds...

On Writing: Moving From Prosaic to Spectacular

What makes some writing stunning and other writing lackluster? Mostly, it’s the language—the words—you use. And, it isn’t just words you use; it’s how...

How to Accept Rejection

We’ve all suffered rejection and disappointment. Perhaps that job you coveted or someone you loved who might have even led you on before dropping...

Who Is Your Audience, and Why Should You Care?

The artistic process, whether painting or prose, is admittedly the child of self-expression. The long-standing image of the cloistered artist in her studio —...

The Power of Myth in Storytelling

“If a being from another world were to ask you, ‘How can I learn what it’s like to be human?’ a good answer would...

Using the Subtext of Body Language in Storytelling

Kinesics is the study of “body language”, which explores how movements and gestures project a person’s hidden thoughts. Blushing is an obvious reaction. But...

Are You a Closet Synesthete?

“A person with synesthesia might hear and taste her husband's voice as buttery golden brown, feel the flavor of food on her fingertips, sense...

Female Heroes in Literature

For my birthday last year, I went to the cinema to watch the popular—and somewhat controversial—Hunger Games. Well, controversial among some critics and followers...

How to Hook Your Reader and Deliver

A great story opening arouses, delays and rewards. Constructing a compelling beginning—often called a hook—is a common challenge for even established writers, and one...

How To End Your Story

Have you ever seen the movie The Party with Peter Sellers? The first scene is priceless. Sellers plays an actor who is shot in...

Demystifying the Synopsis

A synopsis is a larger version of the book jacket blurb you see on the back of most paperbacks in the bookstore. You write...

How We Will Tell Stories in the Future

In the early 1400s, when Lady Vivianne, the Baroness Von Grunwald (hero of my latest book, The Last Summoner) lived, one of the largest...

Why You Want to Go To A Writer’s Convention

A short while ago I attended (and participated as panelist and guest author) at the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. And I was all...

Finding the Write Time and Place

  Look and you will find it—what is unsought will go undetected —Sophocles   Finding the Right Time and Place to Write During a time when I had...

Should You Judge a Book by its Cover?

Most readers—me included—will pick a book off the bookstore shelf because its cover interests us: the title intrigues; the cover illustration attracts; the author’s...

Using the Subtext of Body Language in Storytelling

Kinesics is the study of “body language”, which explores how movements and gestures project a person’s hidden thoughts. Blushing is an obvious reaction. But...

Ten Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters Before They Can...

Your story lives and breathes through your characters. Through them your premise, idea and your plot come alive. Characters give your story meaning; they...

The Martian Chronicles and Other Metaphors

They came because they were afraid or unafraid, happy or unhappy. There was a reason for each man. They were coming to find something...

What Genre Are You Writing … And Marketing?

Our multiplex world of discerning consumers is getting used to having what they consume laid out clearly and categorized. Literature is no different. Since...

The Careful Writer: Some Notes on Composition

During my recent reread of Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style”, this little book yielded more good advice that I wish to share...