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17 April 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Outlining — and so ends the experiment

After weeks of diligent outlining, and a pretty bad case of writer’s block, this morning on the way to work I finally got the breakthrough I needed. I can’t start writing until I find my way into the story, and finally it all fell into place. Not a word of which was in the outline. […]

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07 March 2014 ~ 7 Comments

The myth of the writing community

One of the most dangerous beliefs of genre writers is that there is an overarching writing community that speaks for all writers. This is such a harmful myth that I think it has derailed careers and silenced talent. And the worst thing is, many writers accept the myth without realizing how much harm they are […]

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25 January 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Farewell, Downton Abbey

My love for Downton Abbey has turned to ashes. It wasn’t even the rape of Anna, although as the astute J. Kathleen Cheney pointed out, to use the sublime Kiri Te Kanawa to sing the most beautiful aria in the world, O mio babbino caro, while crosscutting to the rape did a severe disservice to […]

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