Category: Workshopping Short Fiction

Advice to a Newish Youngish Writer

So a person FB messaged me to say he’d read my F&SF stories and wondered if there were any more. I said no, but happily thrust a indy-pubbed antho of four of my Asimov’s stories at him, which, you know,

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Part 4: How Not to Be A Writer (unless you have to): Post Clarion Blackout

Why am I calling this series How Not to be a Writer? It’s embarrassing and awful and stupid and I shudder even saying it, but what the hell. That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. (But may require extensive

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Part 3: How not to be a Writer; the Weasels form a Critical Mass

Being honest isn’t easy. Whit’s workshop honestly wore him out. He would become visibly agitated, as he critiqued our stories, his face flushed, his voice raised. And he put so much effort into marking up our manuscripts that somehow, he

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The Making and Breaking of The Weasles

Tomorrow I recommit to a daily writing goal. Sheila Williams at Asimov’s told me in an acceptance letter, in response to my statement that I should probably be writing novels, that I should instead write novelettes and novellas–because she had

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Part 2: How Not to be a Writer (unless you have to)

My first writing group met maybe a half dozen times, and reviewed less than twenty pieces in all. We were a hopelessly mismatched group. I was a traditional science fiction fan, more or less, with some strange experiences under my

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Part 1: How Not to be a Writer. (Unless You Have To.)

Once Upon a Time, I was going to Be a Writer. Sorry about the capitalization, but there was no avoiding it. Of course, at first you don’t really want to be a writer as much as you want to be

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