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Why Connie Willis Won’t Be Presenting at the Hugo Awards

Those of you who know me well, know that Connie Willis wrote a novel that’s very much shaped and cemented my love for the genre — a novel I reread every year. Her entire body of work is nothing short of awe-inspiring. She’s a great American writer, not “just” a great SF writer. For an overview of what this is all about: Freeping the Hugo Awards Reposted in its entirety, with permission from the.. Read More

Interview with P. N. Elrod

Accomplished writer and editor P.N. “Pat” Elrod is the author of 24 commercially-published novels, more than 20 short stories, and the editor and co-editor of several collections. In her copious spare time, she freelance edits and critiques. What is that editors do and don’t do? That depends on the editor and the kind of editing involved. I have worked as an acquisitions editor—reading the slush pile—as well as what I call regular editing—working.. Read More

NaNoWriMo & the Power of Positive Peer Pressure

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Guest Post by Eldon Hughes P to the 4th power? P-Diddlying? Whatever. It’s what doing NaNoWriMo successfully is all about, taking advantage of the power of positive peer pressure. Every year since 1999 a growing horde of strangers and friends get together in groups, online and face to face, all over the world. At the end of the month, many of them will claim the prize — the title of Author of a.. Read More

Four Steps to Becoming a God(dess) of Literary Elements

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Guest Post by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe When I was in grad school working on my MFA degree, fellow writers and I hashed out the symbolic power of Janie’s hair in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, argued about whether or not Bartleby’s “I would prefer not to” was a statement against the growing materialism of American culture, and bowed to the importance of hunger in Richard Wright’s Black Boy—hunger for food, books,.. Read More

P. N. Elrod Offers Critique

That’s right, P. N. Elrod the multi-talented author of The Vampire Files urban fantasy series (among many other books and genres) is offering critiques. This isn’t something she does lightly, and this is a rare opportunity to have a sample of your writing critiqued by a pro. Elrod is offering critiques to help pay the bills for her miracle dog Fuzzy; that’s Fuzzy in the picture. Fuzzy’s medical bills are in the triple.. Read More

Improv Writing

Welcome, AWers! Are you looking for a terrific way to inspire your imagination and make writing fresh and fun again? This week’s guest post by Eldon Hughes offers a creative approach that’s worked for him, maybe it’ll give you a fresh path to follow, as well! — Mac Guest Post by Eldon Hughes Improv writing. Does it work?  I hope so.  C. H. Valentino and I have written two books, so far, this.. Read More

NaNo WriMo Is Coming

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts November 1. The basic idea is to engage in BIC (Butt In Chair) and write fiction. The goal is to finish 50,000 words by midnight on November 30. By successfully completing 50,000 words by the deadline, you win, (you get a badge!), and have a draft of a novel. Or that’s the idea. The goal is less one of writing a novel than it is of writing.. Read More

Four Scary Things Writers Must Learn to Embrace!

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Guest post by Francesca Nicasio When I first started out, there were some things that I tried to avoid as much as possible because they were uncomfortable scared the crap out of me. It didn’t take long though before I realized that my avoidance was getting me nowhere and if I really wanted to succeed in freelance writing, I had to not only face my fears, I had to embrace them. Below is.. Read More