Ursula K. Le Guin, Finding My Elegy

I have to confess, I’ve stalled writing this review because I don’t want to think about reading any elegies for Ursula Le Guin. Ive been reading and treasuring her books and essays and poems since I was child growing up in the 70s in a single-wide trailer on the wind-scoured American Great Plains. Le Guin … Read more

Prompt Contest Winner!

So remember the writing prompt contest we had in May? We’re ready to announce the winner: With a full 50% of all the votes cast, the winner is Colin Sinclair, with the prompt, “Never try to hang a magician.” Colin, if you’ll just drop me a note via our contact form, with instructions on how to … Read more

Merry Christmas, AWers!

May your holiday season be joyful, and full of love, peace, and blessings. Merry Christmas to all of you, and a very Happy New Year.

Four Scary Things Writers Must Learn to Embrace!

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 … Read more

One Publisher’s Journey

Guest Post by Benjamin LeRoy I’ve been a steady lurker on the Absolute Write forums since 2005. Every now and again I jump into a thread if I feel like there’s something I can contribute. Most of the time, though my impulse is to get involved when a new publishing company gets called to the … Read more

The Seven Deadly Sins of Freelance Writing

Guest Post by Francesca StaAna Wondering why your articles aren’t getting a lot of views or clicks? Stressing about the fact that you’re not getting enough repeat clients?  You might be committing these deadly freelance writing mistakes: Silence (Not following up) Contrary to what some might think, just because a prospect doesn’t immediately respond to … Read more

FOGcon!

Guest Post by Lynn Alden Kendall Writing speculative fiction—fantasy, alternate history, and science fiction—entails imagining a world as well as a story. Perhaps that’s why SF/F writers and readers attend conventions like FOGcon: to immerse themselves in the world of speculative fiction. FOGcon is a book-oriented SF/F convention held every March at the Walnut Creek Marriott … Read more