Brainstorming: A Play in One Agonizing Act. Scene One

[Article by CJ Casey] Some of you may know that I’m currently revising the first book of a trilogy and charging into the rough draft of the second book. While I was going through my notes, I came across this informal play script that I came up with when I was brainstorming the concepts and... Continue Reading →

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Cross-Post: Story 1/52

Here's a new story just published by one of us. In honor of our upcoming Short Stories Webcast, I've decided to plunge back into my project of writing a story a week for at least a year. Please check it out, share it, and let me know what you think. Story 1/52

The Abruptness of Storytelling

This is a cross-post from The Unicorn Blues. Lately I’ve been thinking about different ways you can tell a story, and how abrupt tonal shifts and/or endings shouldn’t always be considered flaws. No matter what kind of story you’re telling, it is somewhat going to echo life around you; life with its rapid tonal shifts... Continue Reading →

Novel Writing as TV Competition

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And so the Italian state TV, RAI, decided to do what everybody said would be a bad idea – a talent show for writers.

They gathered 5000 “aspiring writers”, who submitted 5000 manuscripts, and then they did the classic reality/talent routine.
They set up a judging panel of three popular novelists, and let the circus begin.
For the winner, a promised print run of 100.000 copies through a major publisher.

100.000 copies, in a country in which the average citizen reads 0.73 books per year, and 5000 copies are considered an solid success for a well-established author.

The show is ugly.
Granted, a reality show is probably supposed to be vulgar and simplistic, but here we go a lot farther than usual along that road.

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New (to Me) Blog: The Days and Nights of kashmirgirl1976

I discovered this blog this evening, after she discovered us. She has a nice write-up this month of horror movies, and I recommend checking it out. Though I'm not sure I can trust her... she says that there might be "an adequate amount" of Sherlock/Benedict Cumberbatch on her page, and frankly, I don't know if... Continue Reading →

The Detective with a Funny Hat

Reblogged from Stark Writing Crazy: This has become shorthand in some writing circles for character traits that are just pasted on like they were cut out of construction paper and glued to the guy at the last moment. These traits don’t actually affect anything in the story, but the author, and some readers, are convinced... Continue Reading →

Choosing the Right Thread

Last week, Matthew Rettino of the excellent site The Vinciolo Journal, left a comment on one of my articles: [I]t’s a genre that’s here to stay, for sure. One of the reasons being, that most of history is speculation. And fantasy is speculative literature. As someone who is both a student of literature and of... Continue Reading →

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