Archive for the ‘The Craft’ Category

David Gerrold talks about screenwriting, and the way it’s changed – for the worse – over time.

*cough* Sorry, channeled Tony the Tiger there for a second. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, the Hemingway App is a wonderful little tool for analyzing your writing. The web version and the desktop version both have the same core functionality: telling you where your writing could use a little work. The main […]

Max Barry: Fifteen Ways to Write a Novel

Posted: 28th June 2014 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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Writing a novel is, as Barry says, hard. Also, “If there were a single method of writing great books, we’d all be doing it.” Amen, hallelujah. Barry’s managed to compile a great list of ways that have worked for some. Personally, I find a word target (#1) helps, and having a no-holds-barred critique group demanding […]

I love io9. It’s pretty much the perfect site for a geek like me, and has so much content that I could lose myself for days (not that I have…). Occasionally, they post an article about something especially near and dear to my heart, and this is no exception. Read the full article, or check […]

Editing: Do It, and Do It Right

Posted: 16th June 2014 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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If you are, or intend to be, a ‘serious writer,’ then you must learn to edit – or, at the very least, hire someone to do it for you. What do I mean by ‘serious writer’? Just what it says on the tin: you are a writer who takes your job – writing – seriously. I’ve met […]

Yes, you’ve heard right, calm down: I will be in attendance at Comicpalooza 2014. Just want my schedule? It’s after the jump. Joining yours truly is a decidedly star-studded bunch of celebrities, authors, artists, and other amazeballs folks: practically the whole cast of “MARVEL’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”: Clark Gregg Elizabeth Henstridge Brett Dalton Ming-Na Wen (also from Stargate: […]

10 Things Every Writer Needs

Posted: 27th March 2014 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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Everybody needs a toolbox, and while the sort of writer you are will determine exactly what you need in yours, this list can hopefully give you some ideas that can help you be a successful author. It’s a good list, filled with useful stuff to have. Read the full post for the list.

From io9: We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you’ll need to navigate our future. Back in 2007 I put together a list of […]

10 Things That Every Brand New Creator of Science Fiction Should Know

Posted: 6th March 2014 by Jason Kristopher in The Craft
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From io9: Being a science fiction creator is the most amazing adventure — you get to invent whole new worlds, brand new futures, and fantastic technologies, and you get to tell the most incredible stories about them. But it’s also a tough and heartbreaking career path, whether you’re in books, comics, movies or television. Here […]

From iO9: Six experts talk about what bugs them about alien planets in science fiction.