• 10 Joss Whedon Writing Tips

    Joss Whedon, known best for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and, okay, maybe now that little movie called The Avengers, is sort of a bit of a hero of mine. Below, I have 10 of Joss’ writing tips for you. Number two is a particular favorite of mine, as I’m bit of a structure stickler. Aside: […]

  • 25 Fantasy Writing Prompts

    If you wait for inspiration to strike before you start writing, you might never put pen to paper or fingers to keys. That’s where writing prompts can help. Since I write scifi and fantasy, I’ve put together a list of 25 fantasy writing prompts to get you started. These are various ideas that have been […]

  • How Abercrombie’s naked people sold clothes

    Abercrombie & Fitch’s quarterly “catalogue” was something of an obsession—for everyone—when I was in high school. It’s not real hard to see why. It was  porn that your parents didn’t realize was porn, the word catalogue notwithstanding (at least until they saw the cover for the 2002 Christmas issue on the right). As these things […]

  • Why were ancient Greek men naked all the time?

    Yesterday, I overheard some people walking in front of me down the street (possibly furloughed federal workers, as they didn’t seem to have anywhere in particular to be) wondering aloud why so many Greek statues of men were naked. I don’t know exactly what put them on the topic, but my curiosity was piqued, too.

  • 5 Warning Signs Your Story is Off To a Bad Start

    The start of your story is just so important. Just ask any editor or agent how long it takes them to reach a “no” on your submission—if they’re being honest, they’re gonna say it takes them just a few paragraphs. If they’re getting through a few pages before that no comes, it’s because your writing […]

  • 100+ Deadwood Phrases To Cut From Your Writing

    This list is evolving. Have suggestions? Leave a comment and I’ll update as we go. Making these small changes in your copy—be it fiction or non (news writers are so guilty of so many of these)—will lead to clarity and brevity, hallmarks of excellent writers. It won’t be easy at first. We use these phrases […]