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Why most books on how to write a novel aren’t very useful…

I have read… a lot of books on writing. I started back in pre-Internet days towards the end of university when Writers Digest books appeared on the shelves of the now-defunct book floor of our local Forbidden Planet. A handful of

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Back on LJ…

I’m back on livejournal, or more accurately will be cross posting from my wordpress blog and writing the odd more personal entry on LJ from time to time. I’ve missed the lively LJ comments threads! I hope some of you

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LiveJournal Crossposter test

Or perhaps this plug in will work!

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Test cross post

Trying out the Live+Press plug in.

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Morgenstern the Valkyrie

“Rah rah Rasputin!” cries Morgenstern, age 6, a dream of pink in her bunny pajamas. “Viking Metal!” So on goes the Turisas cover of the Boney M classic. Morgenstern boogies and ballet steps around me in the kind of odd

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5 year old girls playing Minecraft

Morgenstern: You’re a mermaid!… Oh no, I’ve got a Halo skin. Ugh! Ugh! Polyhedra: It’s OK you can change your skin. (Later) Morganstern: Go to Victorian women….

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Blogging at Blackgate: How Tolkien’s Landscapes Works

Go take a look: http://www.blackgate.com/2013/12/12/tolkien-landscapes/

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Academics…

Academic: That chronicle you based your careers on is a later forgery! Other Academics: That historical character you based your magnum opus on didn’t exist! Look we’re – (so help me god) – putting your book in a fireplace and

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Historical Fiction: How much history can you just invent?

I think it’s up to the writer. However, adding things to history can break it. Personally, I prefer to be limited and consistent about what I make up. In my War of the Roses series, nobody above the rank of

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Barriers to writing

I’m caught in a kind of revision seclusion right now – hello real world! – and it’s my own fault. I got drawn into the minutiae and wandered from my top-down approach to what Paul S Kemp calls “Fictioneering”.  (“RAH!”

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