I just finished watching The Wire, and I’m depressed. The pain. Someone just shoot me. Right now.Read more "The Wire: way down in the hole"
Let’s be honest. No one likes criticism or being “judged,” especially creators, but it’s a necessary evil. First, constructive feedback is essential for improving your craft. Second, these critics/reviewers/editors serve as gatekeepers of quality. This is essential for allowing the best works to rise to the top and be eventually recognized.Read more "Critics are necessary evils"
Sci-fi writers are better than other writers. Isaac Asimov was once accused of making this claim, which infuriated a great many writers.Read more "Are sci-fi writers better than others?"
I attend a writers group. Here are some thoughts about dialogue from the meeting.Read more "Writers group: dialogue"
There are three basic approaches to creative writing that can create equally good but considerably different works. One way is to focus on a strong set of characters; another way is to focus on the action or story; and yet another way is to focus on expressing ideas through dialogues.Read more "3 creative writing approaches"
For most people, success is measured in terms of fortune and fame, but artists are a different breed. The artist’s measure of success is whether he reached his intended audience.Read more "The artist’s measure of succcess"
As a writer, your topic should dictate the creative skills required. If you have an original or interesting idea or story, you should let it speak for itself rather than over-embellishing it with bells and whistles. On the other hand, if your topic is something very familiar to your audience, you will have to rely […]Read more "Your topic dictates the creative skills required"