Archive for December, 2010

You Can’t Teach Passion

I have volunteered to teach a brief writing workshop at the school my daughters attend.  The workshop will take place on three successive Friday nights in January.  Each session will be ninety minutes long, and I plan to touch on some writing basics:  character development, point of view and voice, pacing and narrative.  It’s part […]

The Skill List Project: Punctuation and its Discontents

This is another post in The Skill List Project: an attempt to list all the skills involved in writing and selling fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. This time around, we’re looking at punctuation. Chunking and Timing Like grammar, the point of punctuation is to help you and your readers make sense of what you’re […]

Responses and reviews, criticism and critique

Remember the “book review” section of the newspaper? I don’t. Partly because I’m a fantasy reader, and fantasy has often been neglected by such enterprises, but more because I’ve never been a newspaper reader. Put one in front of me while I’m cooling my heels at the dentist’s and I’ll read it — look, I […]

What Is SF?

As if you haven’t sat through this panel at least twenty times at some con or other, right?  But that won’t stop me.  Not when I’m eighteen months into writing my first SF novel after years of writing fantasy.  Besides, what’s the point of blogging if you can’t write about whatever you want? I must […]

What’s on TV tonight…? (and what isn’t…)

Here’s the thing. It’s all about character. What matters most about a piece of written work seems to do precisely the opposite when it comes to television. With a very few honorable exceptions, the moment you get some intelligent TV show, which features *actual character development*, it lasts a season. Or maybe a little longer, […]

‘Tis the Season (for Feasting!)

OK, so maybe I’m only thinking about food because I finished the last of my Thanksgiving leftovers for breakfast this morning.  (What?  You don’t think that cranberry sauce goes in oatmeal?  Then you haven’t experienced the best oatmeal of your life!) But thinking about food made me think about food-in-writing.  My novels tend to have […]

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David B. Coe

David B. Coe ( is the Crawford award-winning author of the LonTobyn Chronicle, the Winds of the Forelands quintet, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and a number of short stories. Writing as D.B. Jackson (, he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. David is also part of the Magical Words group blog (, and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. In 2010 he wrote the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s movie, Robin Hood. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Visit site.

James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner got his M.Math from the University of Waterloo with a thesis on black holes...and then he immediately started writing science fiction instead. He's been a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards, and has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award as well as the Aurora award (twice). He's published seven novels (beginning with "Expendable"), plus a short story collection and (for street cred) a Lara Croft book. He cares deeply about words and sentences, and is working his way up to paragraphs. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

S.C. Butler

Butler is the author of The Stoneways Trilogy from Tor Books: Reiffen's Choice, Queen Ferris, and The Magician's Daughter. Find out what Reiffen does with magic, and what magic does with him... Visit site.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. Visit site.

Mindy Klasky

Mindy Klasky is the author of eleven novels, including WHEN GOOD WISHES GO BAD and HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH in the As You Wish Series. She also wrote GIRL'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, SORCERY AND THE SINGLE GIRL, and MAGIC AND THE MODERN GIRL, about a librarian who finds out she's a witch. Mindy also wrote the award-winning, best-selling Glasswrights series and the stand-alone fantasy novel, SEASON OF SACRIFICE. Visit site.



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