On Advice

Writers are forever giving writing advice. This is because a) writers are a chatty bunch (we like to write stuff) and b) one thing that we all know is how to write. We like to talk about things we know. And new writers are forever looking for advice from the old hands. First thing, beforeContinue reading “On Advice”

On Plots

What is a plot? It’s a sequence of events, with one special property. A sequence of events is this happened, then that happened. A plot is this happened, then that happened, because. Some say there are three basic plot engines: Person against nature Person against person Person against God “Person against person” includes as aContinue reading “On Plots”

On Dreams

So, can dreams turn into novels? Indeed, say I, for I have done it. Here I point to our novel Land of Mist and Snow. It started as a dream of a 19th century sailing ship racing against a steam locomotive. A kraken was somehow involved. The kraken didn’t make it to the finished novel.Continue reading “On Dreams”

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