Archive for the ‘The Craft’ Category

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

“How to Write for a Living” by James Altucher

Posted: 18th February 2014 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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Altucher’s book Choose Yourself! is on my list of books to read. It’s about 7th in the pile at the moment. I’ve never read his blog before today, or any of his other work, but now I will. Why? Because he wrote this: How to Write for a Living If you’re at all interested in writing, go […]

The Benefit of a Critique Group

Posted: 18th February 2014 by Jason Kristopher in My Work, On Writing, The Craft
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I joined a critique group last month in the hopes of writing faster, even with my limited time. The name of this group is so exceedingly appropriate, I had no choice but to join: Team Armageddon. I kinda skated by with last month’s submissions, using what I’d already written for The Dying of the Light: Beginning. […]

From iO9 (read the original article here or click the link at the bottom): Describing stuff can be the hardest part of writing prose fiction. You have a scene in your head, with all the dialogue and action, but now you have to fill in what everything looks like. There’s nothing more boring to write, or read, […]

Eight Points To Consider When You Name Your Book

Posted: 28th September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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I’ve never been particularly great with titles for my work. Either they come to me completely out of the blue and without context, or I have to work and work and revise and think and eventually, hopefully, come up with something. I seriously have a list of titles for books that have absolutely no context […]

17 Quotes On Writing That Every Wannabe Author Should Read

Posted: 18th September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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I get a lot of stuff like this sent to me, or someone links me in a post on Facebook, or I stumble across it in my ‘net ramblings. Most are “yeah, that’s pretty good” and forgotten instantly. These, however, are actually pretty great. Here’s the link to the article on Business Insider (of all places), but […]

I’ll be honest: I’m a huge fan of Pixar movies. All of them. Seriously. I think the guys over there have some of the most intriguing ideas, some of the best artists working today, and some amazing writers. Now I know why. I highly recommend that any aspiring authors who read this blog ask themselves these […]

io9: The Only Kind of Sentence You Should Use in Your Fiction

Posted: 20th August 2013 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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This is a great article about one of the hardest things to do as an author – keep the story moving forward.

Using Body Language Effectively in Your Writing

Posted: 15th August 2013 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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As part of my fledgling and oh-so-informal “Be a Better Writer” series, I’d like to share something I’ve just read by Susan J. Morris from her own “Writers Don’t Cry” series, courtesy of one of the members of the Houston SF/F Writers meetup. It’s called “41 Flavors of Body Language for Writers,” and it does a […]

The Obligatory “Show vs. Tell” Post

Posted: 9th July 2013 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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We all have to write this at some point, as authors with blogs, but I’ll keep mine short and sweet: Showing is better than telling, 99% of the time – but sometimes, you just have to tell the reader something, and that’s ok. Here’s a good link for more info on show vs. tell.