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Campbell's Folly

"The 'three-act structure' and the 'hero’s journey', are editing tools, not writing tools."

Fast, Cheap, And Under Control

Paraphrasing Neil Gaiman: "Make cheap art."

A Mouthful Of Ideas

Comparing and contrasting two critics, Roger Ebert and Serge Daney.

More Wrong Lessons From The Singular Sensations

The lessons we learn from singular, idiosyncratic works are not necessarily positive ones.

What I Was Trying To Be All About

The only thing I want from my work is to use it as a way to make sense of myself and my world, and to do that in a way that other people can share.

Open Book Exam

On how messy my note-taking can be on my projects.

The Cardinal Sin Of Repeating Myself

No matter how much I try to avoid it, I see more similarities than differences in everything I write. But is that a problem?

Looking Onto Other Pages

"When everyone in the community reads the same books, you can an inward-looking, intellectually impoverished community that can only contemplate its own navel."

Join The Faker's Club

On the sociology of impostor syndrome.

On The Transformation Of Inspiration

Most projects don't end up anywhere near where they start out, and for good reasons.

The Container It Goes In

We put things into genres to make them sellable, and the best way to do that is after the fact.

The Art Of All, 2022 Edition

"All entertainment is art whether we like it or not" holds up better with every passing year, and for many reasons.

A Glass Of Chablis And A Corn Dog

On spontaneity as the wellspring of all creativity.

The Same Furniture In The Same Room

On deliberately not finding an equilibrium for one's creative work.

Bookish Heroes

Let's have an end to the trope that a character who is an artist or an avid reader automatically makes them a protagonist.

Your Own Thing

"What is it that I have to bring to the table?" is the hardest question any of us can answer, and I think many of us never do in fact answer it.

Solving The Ego Problem(s)

"Solving the problem is more important than being right." A quick guide for writers.

Yours And Yours Alone

Whatever it is you make, make it so yours they can never take it away from you.

If I Wouldn't Want To Read It, I Probably Wouldn't Write It

The title tells it. Let's dive into this idea and see what comes up.

The Dizzying Whirl Of The Perfection-Go-Round

That last long stretch of finishing up a book is often taken up with nattering about the kinds of details only you and one other jerk can see.

How To Give Constructive Feedback

My advice for how to give truly constructive feedback on someone else's work.

Don't Hide It, Provide It

The idea that you have to guard your story ideas, lest someone steal them, is a pernicious myth.

The Anything Machines

"You can do whatever you want" seems better expressed as "You can attempt anything you want to attempt."

Outside The Copying Spiral

How do you get out of the spiral of copying your influences to producing truly original work?


Out From The Underground

After a certain point in my career, I saw no reason to apologize for writing stuff that made big leaps and took big risks.

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