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Guns in Fiction Land, Part 2 - Ten Years Later (May 27, 2022)

Nearly ten years ago, after the unfathomable mass murder of children in Sandy Hook, I wrote the post Guns in Fiction Land. Now in May 2022, after what has become just another commonplace mass murder of children in Uvalde, absolutely nothing has changed. More »

The Distinction between Exciting and Compelling (February 1, 2022)

A lot of death, high stakes, and constant excitement doesn't always create mystery or peak curiosity. More »

Dealing with Rejection (January 22, 2022)

Even for people with stellar mental health, the process of publication in the 2020s will wear them down until they're exhausted and disillusioned. More »

Reading in Bad Faith (January 15, 2022)

I've been seeing a trend in Goodreads reviews and social media threads: people are increasingly criticizing books for "problematic content" that isn't actually in the text. More »

Tips from the Query Trenches (November 20, 2021)

There's a lot of information about the querying process on the Internet, but I'd like to share some of my tips to make it as painless as possible. More »

The Fad Diet Mentality of NaNoWriMo (October 31, 2021)

NaNoWriMo is a toxic program that teaches people to hate writing and themselves. More »

Writing the Universal Human Exprience (August 14, 2021)

Writers tend to assume their own personal human experience is the universal one. More »

Twitter Isn't Real Life (August 7, 2021)

Reading popular novels published in recent years has often felt like reading Twitter. More »

Cut Agents and Editors Some Slack (July 17, 2021)

Individual agents and editors don't deserve vulgar attacks on their intelligence or integrity. More »

Constraints on Innovation in Fiction: Reflections on The Lady's Maid's Bell and The Haunting of Hill House (May 2, 2021)

Because expectations for horror have been so thoroughly solidified by Stephen King and slasher flicks, the unfortunate truth is neither of these classic and innovative stories could be published today. More »