The Comparison Gap

I attended a writing workshop over the weekend led by someone trained in the Amherst Writers & Artists Method, which basically states that anyone can write, everyone is creative and unique, and we can all learn to improve through positive feedback alone. The workshop was a fascinating and respectful experience, with a great group of…

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Symbols have power

I attended a panel at Arisia a couple of years ago about empathy as a form of extrasensory perception (akin to telepathy or other psychic abilities). I remember being surprised when someone dressed in a PsiCorps cosplay from Babylon 5 walked into the room. I had seen this person around the con earlier, and while…

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Leading on paper, following online

I recently attended two local July events strongly associated with a verbally creative community: Readercon in Quincy, MA, and the New England Authors Expo in Danvers, MA.  I was intrigued by the similarities and differences in both subject and tone, especially considering one is named for readers and the other for authors.  It revealed a…

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Blurbs, book covers, and bowling

I’m good at writing. I practice a lot. I don’t feel that I’m great at summarizing my writing, whether with teasers or blurbs or even a face-to-face description. I don’t feel that I’m great at designing covers, either, and although I know there are other people willing to do both those things for me (in…

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Finding the meaning

What’s the point?  In life and in writing, I ask myself this a lot.  One of the ways I challenge myself to get through a story is to focus on how fun the next one will be.  “Okay,” I tell myself, “this story may not seem significant, but I should keep going and finish it…

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Identity in Fiction

There’s such potential in fiction to educate and inform, and sometimes I feel like this gets overlooked in the rush to create things that are new and different.  Some science fiction comes with a message, a parallel drawn in speculation of the future to familiar issues our society is facing today. But stories can be…

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