Tag: Writing

What I Want Out of Writing: Weighing Traditional and Self Publishing

What I Want Out of Writing: Weighing Traditional and Self Publishing

While researching ways to make a living as a professional writer, I’ve found heaps of articles about how difficult it is to do. However, I have also found some articles suggesting that it is becoming easier to make a living self-publishing rather than going the traditional route. I started to consider the pros and cons …

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The Second Draft

The Second Draft

I am on the third draft of the short story, looking back on what I’ve done with the second. Mostly, revising the second draft means ossifying plot and rewriting major sections. I have the ending figured out, I know my major changes, and I’ve cut out the elements which don’t make sense and added structure. …

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I measure tables and chairs in libraries and cafes to make sure they are the right height for me to comfortably write in them. I’m too short for this stupid Earth.

From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

I’m documenting my writing process for short stories here on the blog. This isn’t an original idea. Many blogs document the writing process through word count, snowflake methods, rote editing tips, etc, and their authors know that few works spring fully-formed from the heads of creators. The well-edited conclusion can look so natural that the end …

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Atmosphere in The Hands

Atmosphere in The Hands

My second analysis from The Big Book of Science Fiction will be The Hands by John Baxter. The short story doesn’t have a free online version. If you’d like to read it, you’ll have to buy the anthology (which you should do anyway because it is excellent). As always, this is not a review. There …

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Metaphor and Message in Standing Woman

Metaphor and Message in Standing Woman

Standing Woman by Yasutaka Tsutsui is one of the many short stories anthologized in The Big Book of Science Fiction.It’s a short read, not more than five pages, and I think being able to read the story yourself would help you follow along. The version in The Big Book of Science Fiction is translated by …

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Homework for Fun

Homework for Fun

I was talking with a friend one night about the story analysis articles, and I said, “If someone told me I would be doing homework for fun after school, I woulda punched them.” And she said, “Teach me how to do homework for fun.” So I thought a bit and put a few points down …

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Readability

Readability

I had a classmate in a writing class who was a fan of difficult novels. Think Gravity’s Rainbow, House of Leaves, Dubliners, etc. We disagreed on writing and complexity: I liked clear, vivid, linear writing, while he enjoyed writing that you had to work to understand. He said it was thrilling to finally be able …

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