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25 Reasons That Writers Are Bug Fuck Nuts

February 29, 2012 by

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THIS IS ALL TRUE. Except maybe the part about caffeine. I don’t ingest a lot of caffeine. Largely because it doesn’t seem to work on me. I long for the kind of pep-inducing can’t-sleep manic energy I have seen it induce in others. But in my case, no luck. So. That bit of this article is totally […]

Arthurian Robin Hood Sherlock

February 28, 2012 by

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So on Friday night I read A Study in Scarlet. It was shorter than I remembered. But then, it’s been a while since I’ve read it. Possibly a very long while. I started to feel these echoes of familiarity as soon as I laid eyes on the inscription on the first page and the feeling […]

In This, As In Everything, Context Is King

February 27, 2012 by

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Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” The honest artist answers, “I steal them.” — Austin Kleon Writers are thieves. No, really. We have to be. There are only so many stories out there. Only so many words. Everything we create is a remix in some way. Everything derivative. A reproduction, […]

Life Isn’t a Card Game, it’s Fucking Russian Roulette

February 24, 2012 by

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I have this worrying feeling that my characters are psychotic. At least, I keep threatening to kill them and they seem to like it. What’s with that? Honestly, it’s like the more dangerous it is, the better they feel about the situation. Like they find it easier to accept someone threatening to kill them than […]

This is an Unreasonable Extrapolation Given the Evidence

February 23, 2012 by

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Raven: How goes? Me: I am writing extremely clever words. Well, funny words. Well, they’re making me laugh. Although I haven’t slept a lot lately, so. Yeah. Turns out if you write things in your sleep and then forget about them you get the opportunity to read your own work as if someone else has […]

Because Words Mean Different Things to Different People

February 22, 2012 by

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Sleeping well is only waking up three or four times a night rather than more. Sleeping well is being able to roll over and go back to sleep at least 75% of the time. Sleeping well is not being either trashed or manic as a result of lack of sleep all the time. Sleeping well […]

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

February 21, 2012 by

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Someone asked me the other day, How do you come up with ideas for your stories? I resisted the urge to laugh, because weirdly that’s the question writers seem to get asked the most. I say ‘weirdly’ because my instinctive response was along the line of, How do you breathe? I really have a hard […]

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