Posts Tagged ‘Writing’

Write Some Science Fiction for i09… in Only Six Words

Posted: 3rd February 2014 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing
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iO9 is asking readers to contribute six-word sci-fi stories once more. Hop on over to their page and check out some fascinating story gems from folks around the world!

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, […]

The fine folks over at Mental Floss have an article you should read, if you’re into that sort of thing, and why are you here if you’re not? As it turns out, way back in the Before Time (aka 1963), there was a young man named Bruce McAllister who was tired of arguing with his […]

What It’s Like to Start a Story

Posted: 18th November 2013 by Jason Kristopher in Everything Else
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… or to work on one, for that matter. My drink of choice is either Earl Grey or Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, but the effect is the same. Val Kilmer and Francis Ford Coppola hit the nail on the head in this clip from the movie Twixt. Thanks to my awesome author friend Ania Ahlborn for the […]

Eight Points To Consider When You Name Your Book

Posted: 28th September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft

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 […]

I’ve often said that creativity, that idea generation, is a learned, practicable skill – meaning it is a skill than can be practiced and enhanced with use. I’ve even led workshops on this idea at conventions (stay tuned for the post about that). Absolutely anyone can learn to generate ideas, can learn to be creative, as […]

17 Quotes On Writing That Every Wannabe Author Should Read

Posted: 18th September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft

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 […]

What’s In Your Workspace?

Posted: 16th September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in Authors
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io9 had a rather interesting article back in June that I just found out about today, called Famous Scifi And Fantasy Authors In Their Workspaces. Here’s one of Isaac Asimov with his typewriter – which, as one commenter pointed out, is, in fact, a Selectric II, not a Selectric I. Why the distinction was important, you’ll have […]

Progress Meters & NaNoWriMo

Posted: 13th September 2013 by Jason Kristopher in My Work
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<— See these? Those progress meters will let you in on where I’m at with the different projects. I’ll update them as often as I can. These are NaNoWriMo meters that you can get free from They’re fully customizable (you get the code), but you have to go back to their site or be able […]