1st Law of Writing

The Most Important Rule of Writing?

Above the pearly gates in Writer’s Purgatory…

…there is a question painted gold, floating letters:

“What is the Most Important Rule of Writing?”

Ahead, a vaguely androgynous guardian stood over a marble lectern, scribbling in a book with gold-leafed pages.

When she saw me, a deep frown creased her otherwise flawless face.

She asked, “Do you have your answer?”

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How to (Actually) Cure Writer’s Block

“…There is no such thing as Writer’s block…”

At least, that’s what I keep hearing.

“It’s a lie. It’s an excuse. It doesn’t exist.”

Wrong.

Writer’s Block is real. Every writer ever has faced it.

But – there is a serious problem with calling it “Writer’s Block.”

Let me show you…

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Why There Are No “Rules” in Writing

My favorite writers are rebels.

Most of them know the rules of writing… and break them anyway.

Look at these examples:

  • Isaac Asimov thrived on “info dumps”
    • Info dumps are supposed to be boring.
  • The Hunger Games starts with Katniss’s wake-up routine.
    • Don’t start with the wake-up. This is amateur writing 101!
  • Harry Potter doesn’t have a consistent point of view
    • Mr. Dursley takes up the first chapter… and we never get his POV again.

But all of them are breakout best sellers.

Which can only mean one thing…

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3 Vital Keys to Every Great Horror Story

The gate swings open.

Beyond the rusted iron bars, you see only darkness. A note lies at your feet.

Fresh, red ink reads:

“Dear Writer,

I know what you want:

The secrets to writing a truly great horror story.

Enter my domain, and you will have what you seek – but beware –

Enter softly, and enter alone. There are things in this place that are best left undisturbed…

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5 Best Writings by Ursula K. Le Guin

5 Best Books (for Writers) by Ursula K. Le Guin

Another great writer makes her exit:

Ursula K. Le Guin has passed.

But with her death, I do not want to mourn her…

I want to celebrate her. Her work. And what she did for the world of writing (and reading).

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How to “Fail Better” at Your 2018 Writing Goals

One of my 2018 writing goals:

“Fail as much as possible.”

I want to fail at more writing projects. I want to get more rejections letters. I want to finish books, and have them completely bomb.

In order to do that… I’ll have to write more. Lots more. I’m talking mountains of paper and 1,000,000+ words that nobody will ever read.

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Best Science Fiction Books of 2017

The 9 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017

Love Science Fiction?

I’ve got some great books for you that you might’ve missed in 2017.

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Note: I have not read all of these. This is part “Amazing sci-fi novels I read in 2017” and part “2018 reading list.”

Here’s 9 fascinating science fiction books that came out in 2017:

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