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Playing the game

There’s a joke I heard once, about a man who prayed fervently for forty years that God would let him win the lottery. Finally one night as he was offering his prayer once again, a voice came out of the air above him and said, “Look, I […]

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Annual Writing Goals

New year, new year’s resolutions. There are recommendations all over the web about how to make resolutions, which ones to make, and how to keep them for longer than a week. Googling “new year’s resolutions for fiction writers” got me four million hits. So I took a […]

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From setting to story

First, some housekeeping. December 23 is the last day to register for my online worldbuilding workshop at Odyssey, if you are interested. I will be taking next week off for the holidays, so no more blog posts until the new year. Now the question: I’m having a […]

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Ideas, and…

Science fiction is often described as “the literature of ideas,” as if no other kind of writing includes any, this in spite of the fact that the first question every professional writer, regardless of genre, gets thoroughly sick of is “Where do you get your ideas?” The […]

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To fix or not to fix

A while back, Kin asked “What reason (other than simple laziness) would necessitate a mere patch, plug, or ignore of plot holes in a story?” “Necessitate” is the key word here, because in writing, necessity is in the eye of the author and/or reader. There are never […]

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Getting Back Into It

I just spent two weeks “on vacation” in Orlando, FL (which is a long story, full of disasters and near-disasters, but which ended up being fun and relaxing in spite of everything), and now I have to get back into a work rhythm that I’ve been totally […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. In case anyone doesn’t have an e-book of SORCERY AND CECELIA and wants one, a bunch of places are doing Black Friday/Cyber Week discounts. Amazon will have it at $1.99 on Friday, 11/25; Kobo will promote it on 11/28, and Apple’s Cyber Week (I’m […]

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Fixing Plot Holes

Plot holes are often one of the first things writers (and editors, and readers) look for in a first draft. That character who got mugged walking home from the bar – why was he walking when you mentioned two chapters back that he arrived on a bicycle? […]

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Worldbuilding Online Writing Class

Patricia C. Wrede will be teaching an Odyssey Online Writing Class: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction Application deadline is December 22, 2016. There will be three live classes, held January 19, February 2, and February 16, 2017.  

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Rolling revisions

Rolling revision is another one of those controversial writing techniques that many people discourage but a few people swear by. I am a rolling reviser, but I recognize that for a lot of writers, it has serious drawbacks, so I’ll try to talk about it from both […]

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