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The Next Big Thing

Jace Daniel, the author of Under Angels, invited me to participate in a meme-style round-up called The Next Big Thing. Writers answer ten questions about a Work In Progress and then invite five other writers. Be sure to check out his take on The Next Big Thing! Thanks, Jace! What is the working title of your book? Puzzleland. Where did the idea come from for the book? I was coerced challenged by my friend,... read more

Planning Plotser or Seat of the Pantser?

I am actually writing The Stone Canyon on the fly, posting it as I go, and praying for a strong finish. I thought it might be interesting to get feedback as I go – maybe readers will leave comments that help to guide the story (to a satisfying conclusion or right down the Class 7 Rapids of Writing Hell – who knows? That’s part of the charm, and the adventure!) I don’t usually let anyone read a work... read more

How To Win A Contest

Find one or, if you happen to know Holly, be challenged to enter one. In the case in point, the contest is a race to win a Hugo. Research the contest. What is a Hugo? Find out what the rules or guidelines are. If you don’t write much in that way, find a loophole. (“While the organization sponsoring the Hugos is named the World Science Fiction Society, our charter explicitly makes fantasy as... read more