Writing update: 5/16/11 – outlines & writing vividly

Finished chapter 5 of CURSE last Saturday. Huzzah! The writing is a blast, even though it still requires work. Along those lines, I’ve been meaning for some time to write up the techniques and principles I use when drafting.  So I think I’m going to do a semi-regular post on a weekly basis where I share these

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Positive Review from James Maxey on Orson Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show

James Maxey is a writer I admire. For his work ethic. For the quality of his prose. For his imagination. His story “To Know All Things That Are In The Earth” is one of my favorites. So you can be sure I was pleased to find and read this today. I will say, in utter

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“The Only Law of Literature” by James Maxey

You already know how I feel about writerly rules. So when I read James Maxey’s “The Only Law of Literature,” I had to share it. I want to quote the whole thing here. But I’ll resist and quote only the conclusion. [In response to critiquing stories that don’t work for you] All the literary analysis of

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I hate mission statements, but…

First of all, if I could look like Stephen R. Covey does in that picture, I would shave my head and never look back. Holy moly, I love that picture. But that’s not why I’m writing. James Maxey is a writer who I respect and whose comments on the boards of Codex Writers often make me think or

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