More progress

We’ve made some more progress. Right now, we’re waiting on two consultants schedules. But we’re closer! PLEASE STOP JUST CHECKING. We’re moving the entire server, and converting to new forum software. It’s going to take some time. We will absolutely let the world know when we’re ready for you to log on. In the meantime: … Read more

AW Is Being Upgraded

Things Are Progressing * We have a new server and we have licensed new forum software. * We have a bid for a contractor to migrate and convert the database to the new forum software. * We are looking at a few weeks offline. As soon as we know more, we will let folks know. … Read more

NaNoWriMo 2019

November 1, or the start of NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner. Basically, NaNoWriMo is about writing a 50K work novel in month, by writing a little every day. Not revising or editing, just writing. The emphasis is on completing 50,000 words. You can read more about planning for NaNoWriMo, but … Read more

Constance Hale, Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose

Constance Hale. Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose. Three Rivers Press; Revised, Updated edition, 2013. ISBN: 978-0385346894. Ari Meermans From the quirky and playful title to the jacket copy (“Today’s writers need more spunk than Strunk”) to the introduction, Sin and Syntax makes promises no book on grammar — those dull, sometimes … Read more

Interview: Donna Migliaccio

Donna Migliaccio, familiar to AWers as mrsmig, is a professional stage actress with credits that include Broadway, National Tours and prominent regional theaters. As a writer, Donna Migliaccio’s short work is featured in the anthologies Medusa At The Morgue and The Art Of Losing. She has just re-published Kinglet, the first novel in her epic … Read more

Interview: Suzanne Palmer

Suzanne Palmer, AW’s own zanzjan, won 2018’s Hugo Award for Best Novelette for “The Secret Life of Bots.” Her short fiction has won readers’ awards for Asimov’s, Analog, and Interzone magazines, and been included in the Locus Recommended Reading List. Palmer has twice been a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and once for … Read more

Sol Stein, Stein on Writing (1995)

Carla Miriam Levy About a third of the way through Sol Stein’s Stein on Writing, there is an anecdote that changed the way I think about scene construction and dialogue. When Stein was a young playwright participating in a workshop at Lee Strasbourg’s famous Actors Studio in New York, he and another participant were instructed … Read more

Reading Challenges for 2019

Writers generally like to read, and with the distractions offered by WIPs, alternate media, work, and home life, it’s increasingly important to make time to read. Reading is good for your brain, it’s good for your writing, and reading is an opportunity to engage in something that’s quiet and peaceful to give your hind brain … Read more

On the Importance of Community

Writing has a reputation as a solitary profession. We picture authors curled in their hermitages, pouring out words hour after hour and not interacting with another human for days. I wasn’t immune to this preconception, so it has been one of my greatest surprises that my writing profession has leaned on community in ways I … Read more