Why Does It Slow Down? (Tech Post)

One reason many people who start out wanting to write don’t go on with it is that they have lots of ideas, start writing and then…the story slows down.  Or actually stops.   They don’t know why.  They don’t know that this is normal for many writers.  They sure don’t know what to do about it.   Read More…

The Naming of People, Places, Things

Without looking up the source (bad scholar, but it’s that kind of day)  I think it was Owen Barfield in an essay about language, corporations, and legal fictions who suggested that language itself is rooted  in the ability to abstract and name a concept, and that is itself a form of fiction (or lie, if Read More…

Culture-building: Virtues & Vices

See, there’s a bonus to the previous post–today you get two new posts.   Today’s topic is culture-building–some thoughts on creating cultures-not-like-ours-exactly (or at all) and specifically some thoughts on how cultures differentiate along the fault lines of, well, faults.  What’s right.  What’s wrong.  What the people in that culture think about the “why” behind what’s Read More…

Done Again, Dunnigan

This afternoon I mailed the manuscript back to Editor.  It’s done.  It’s done again for the umpteenth time.   I thought it was done last week, but Editor was busy with something else and said “I’ll be ready for it in a week and a half. ”   So I spent a week combing its mane and Read More…

Tuesday Toolkit for Writers

Every person has a toolkit, a set of skills (physical, mental, emotional) that they use to navigate their life.   When you learn something–anything–it becomes part of that toolkit, and the more tools you have, the more of life’s challenges you can handle with less strain than the person without those skills, that knowledge, that attitude. Read More…