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POINT OF VIEW: Writing Alien

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I just finished reading The Bantam by RJ Theodore (review coming soon). I really enjoyed it – it’s like a crash course in writing a relatable alien. So how did the author do it? When writing truly alien characters, we have to discard everything we know: Why should they be bipedal? Why should they have … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: There’s Always Beauty in the Garden

Flowers From Scott's Garden

This column was going to be titled “Here We Go Again,” and would have been all about the delta variant and being a writer, and about Mark and I having to shrink the boundaries of our world once again. But fuck that. I am so sick of talking about Covid19 and conspiracies and vaccines and … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Gone Wide

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Last month, I talked about the pros and cons of “going wide” – selling my books through a bunch of vendors and venues instead of only Amazon. Today, I’m finally there. All of my books are available via Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. And all of them that are published via our press, … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: The Muddy Middle Squared

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I’ve written before about the muddy middle. It’s the part of your book, for me usually about two-thirds through, where you suddenly lose all faith in your ability to string words together. Your story feels boring and derivative, and you wonder why you ever thought you could do this whole writing thing in the first … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Making the Cover

Lamplighter - J. Scott Coatsworth

Last Saturday, I released a new short story. Well, both new and old, as it was originally written in the 90’s and never published until Galaxy’s Edge picked it up recently. Even though this is a 99¢ short story, I still wanted a cool cover for it. The one I ended up making reminds me … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Choosing Person and Tense – Third Person

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Last week we talked about writing in first person. This week I thought I’d tackle the more common third person usage. Third person means using he/she/they etc pronouns – stories that describe the action from outside of the characters. It comes in three basic flavors: Third Person Omniscient: The most common of the three. Omniscient … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Choosing Person and tense – First Person

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When crafting a story, every writer has to make some key choices: What’s the genre? What’s the tone? How about the setting? Who are the characters, and what’s going to happen to them? How will they react? And will it all end? But there’s another choice we all make, consciously or unconsciously, that can have … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: When Your Story Sucks

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I’ve been a bit stuck on my WIP novel The Hencha Queen for a couple weeks now. I’ve also sent my previously-written short stories to most of the magazines on my list. So it seemed like a great time to write a new short story – exercise those writing muscles and have something sparkly and … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Amazon vs. Going Wide

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If you spend much time in indie-pub circles, you’ll hear a lot of discussions about “going wide.” This is short-hand for “selling through many/most/all available book vendors. You’d think it would be a no-brainer, right? Put your book in front of as many different audiences as possible? Surprisingly, it’s not. And it’s mostly because of … Read more