Monthly Archives: July 2011

From Crafting to Editing and Back Again

Drafting, crafting, polishing, and editing are writing tasks that do not move in a straight line.  I am currently working on two longer, more complicated short stories than I usually try to complete.  One is the unplanned novella I mentioned … Continue reading

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Review: The Paper Menagerie

The Paper Menagerie is a short story written by Ken Liu and published in the March/April edition of Fantasy & ScienceFiction. This short story is only subtly a fantasy, though sufficiently so to merit its inclusion in this magazine.  The … Continue reading

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Brainstorming — Stage 1 of Outlining

Ideas come.  They can start out big.  They can start out small.  They can start with a character, a plot point, a setting, a theme, or just about anything else that strikes your fancy.  But, wherever they start, this initial … Continue reading

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Two Novels

As a novelist, my skill is still undeveloped.  Currently, I am working on two different novels.  One will be the first book in a serial, and is not intended to be the first book that is completed.  The second is … Continue reading

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Metaversal is a poem written by Sophie M. White and published in the March/April edition of Fantasy & ScienceFiction. This poem briefly reiterates its concept of alternate universes in each stanza, and follows up with short, poignant images possible points … Continue reading

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Getting It Down

Sometimes writing is easy.  The story just flows, even in dramatic detail.  Words flow from our brains to our fingers, and then onto the screen.  It’s like the muse is sitting with us, or in us, writing through us.  The … Continue reading

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Crafting the Novella?

I have been working on a short story that grew into a novella.  While I’ve worked on novels and I’ve worked on short stories, the novella—this length somewhere in between—feels rather foreign to me.  The story is too long to … Continue reading

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