Author Archives: rmbrown

Logic and Magic?

This article by N.K. Jemisin seems to have caused a minor kerfuffle. Some people agree: “Yes, it’s fercrissakes magic. It’s supposed to be all about wonder and stuff, not logic.” Some disagree: “Magic is energy and energy is physics and … Continue reading

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Hitting The Wall

This author calls it Bad Brain Days. I call it hitting the wall. It’s that point in writing your book when you think it sucks, it’s never going to be any good, you’re not any good, you’re just wasting your … Continue reading

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Big Old Words

Death to Word says Slate.

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Elmore Leonard on Writing

Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle. Via Bobulate.

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Seeing The Future

This started as a comment about the future of publishing on Billie Sue Mosiman’s Facebook page (nice lady; buy her books), and I thought it worth preserving here. (Yes, I’m the sort of jerk who may drop a short essay … Continue reading

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Big Bad Block

I’ve been thinking a little about writer’s block lately. Haven’t had it, thank goodness, just been thinking about it. A lot of people will tell you that writer’s block is a made-up thing. Plumbers and laborers and computer programmers don’t … Continue reading

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Leaving The Pages Behind

It seems that pages may not be my friend. This is something I stumbled across by accident. When writing my last novel I tracked my progress by pages. It was important to me to use a word processor that displayed … Continue reading

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Write a Successful Novel In Five Simple Steps

Want to write a novel and rake in some money? It’s very simple. Just follow these steps: Spend twenty years learning how to write, honing your craft. Spend twenty years learning about people and the world, so you have something … Continue reading

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Don’t Buy The Bullshit

I’ll be brief. PIPA/SOPA isn’t about ‘protecting intellectual property rights.’ It’s about censorship, and giving big media companies (through the efforts of their paid mouthpieces in Congress), the ability to control what people see on the wild Internet. So, you … Continue reading

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Close the Window, Pick Up The Phone

I was writing at the library the other day and for some reason my laptop wouldn’t latch onto the library’s WIFI. When I had to look up something or other, do a quick bit of research, I used my iPhone. … Continue reading

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