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Just Write

| September 17, 2018

I’ve spent the weekend working on a flash fiction story for a contest. The contest gives an assigned genre, location, and object, and when I read the ones I had been assigned, I groaned. It was a genre that I don’t write, read, or really enjoy. And that was a problem for me trying to […]

Falling Off the Map

| May 21, 2018

Last week, I talked about getting stuck in the middle of a story. A similar, and yet different problem can be when your story takes on a life of its own, and somehow falls off the edge of your map. Many folks who fall into the “pantsers” camp of writing insist that they just let […]

Outlines!

| October 2, 2017

I’ve talked previously about how I track my projects on a grand scale. (If you missed those posts, you can find them here, here, and here.) And I talked a little about keeping track of story ideas here, more recently. But when it really comes down to it, keeping my ideas organized mostly happens in […]

May recap

| May 31, 2013

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 3 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 0 Resubmissions: 0 New Submissions: 0 Stories out at the end of the month: 3 Unsurprisingly, no movement on the short story front. Everything that I have out is out at markets that I’m expecting will take a […]

Works in progress, and then not

| June 3, 2011

I’ve got a bunch of stories that should be in the works. I almost outlined one of them, for the Steampunk Shakespeare anthology. I say almost outlined, because I’m not a big outliner. Most of my stories just tend to flow in semi-random directions, and then get cleaned up later on. But this story needed […]