Category Archives: Fiction Files

Posts especially for fiction writers

That Time I Realized I Was Actually Both Characters…

How’s your week been so far? I’ve been back and forth with my designer for a re-release on one of my books (which should be coming up here soon, I hope). Stay tuned for that. Let’s get to it. A … Continue reading

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About That Contest…

In a post a little while back, I wrote about entering a paid writing contest–one of the first ones (if not the very first) of that kind of thing I’d ever done. I’m writing because the webinar to announce the … Continue reading

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Fiction File: Something You Shouldn’t Do With Your Reading…

How’s your week been so far? Mine’s been great–I’ve been working on a type of project I’ve never even tried to do before, and I’m pretty jazzed about it. When it’s finished, you’ll know, and I’ll let you in on … Continue reading

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Making What’s Special, More Special?

How was your weekend? Mine was awesome, even though I didn’t get papers or comics, which was fine. Yesterday was Memorial Day here in the U.S. (for non-U.S. readers), the day we remember those who sacrificed their lives so that … Continue reading

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Caught Off-Guard By The Post Office Guy…

How’s your week going so far? Good, I hope. I was in the post office the other day to pay the internet bill. Everything was going fine, until the guy at the counter said, “I’d like to ask you some … Continue reading

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Why My Brother Got Me Thinking About My Life…

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty much the same–weekly shopping trip, comics, crosswords, and what-have-ya. Anyway, let’s get to it. I didn’t really think of my own life in terms of somebody else’s. Until I remembered that my brother … Continue reading

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What An Old-Style Gaming Console Taught Me About Writing

“How do I always end up with my hands inside taken-apart electronics?” my brother asked me. I don’t know, really. He takes computers apart for fun, cleaning, and what-have-ya. But it provided great training for me. Even though this wasn’t … Continue reading

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Fiction File: A Classic Writer’s Game That Everyone Plays, But (Usually) Hates…

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve had one of these for-fiction-writers-only Fiction File posts…but something hit home for me in a big way. I made this post a File because fiction is where this hit me first. … Continue reading

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Fiction File: Need Character? Put a Spin on Description, Like This…

I decided to pick up a thread I started here months ago. Yeah, to say I lost track would be an understatement. Back then, I said there are different ways to make characters seem real—even though they’re really not. I … Continue reading

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How Jack Bauer Can Improve Your Writing

I couldn’t wait to see it, Monday night. I didn’t know it had been four whole years since the last episode. There was a set of short commercials during the Super Bowl about this show. I reviewed those here. What … Continue reading

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