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On Writing and Failure

One thing that prevents many people from writing is the fear of failing. “What if my novel sucks?” they wonder, and then to prevent that terrible outcome, they won’t bother to write it at all. That way their story idea will always remain shiny and perfect in their mind. But it’s going to be amazing(!) when they get around to writing it, one day. Just you wait. One of the best pieces of writing advice I heard at the […]

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Writers Need Hobbies

Until an author gets published (and even afterward), I’m willing to bet that many of their friends, family, and acquaintances think their writing is just a hobby. After all, they have a real job to pay the bills, right? Even if they’re serious about getting published, beginning writers also may think of writing as something they only do on the side. They squeeze it into the “extra” hours of the day–on lunch breaks, early in the morning, late at night after […]

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In the Writers’ Room Where It Happened

Before I started writing fiction, I wanted to write for television. My first attempt at writing and selling my work was a spec script for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which I wrote, typed, and mailed to Paramount when I was 13. That was my first professional rejection too. Years later, I applied to a Nickelodeon writing fellowship with a spec script for the cartoon CatDog, which I probably worked on harder than any paper […]

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learning to “write the other”

These days, it seems a week doesn’t go by without another debate about the merits of young adult fiction or diversity in fiction. We’ve made so much progress, but we have such a long way to go… One frequent comment about the challenge of writing more stories featuring protagonists who are of color or LGBTQIA or have different abilities is that many writers worry they will get it wrong, so they would rather not try. Of course it’s much easier […]

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Why Are We Here?

Like anyone who speaks in public, I choose when I’ll go with spontaneous (having thought ahead about what, at least) or full script. The latter is rare for me; I’m happier talking with, not at, my audience after all. At When Words Collide, I knew I’d share the stage with my fellow GoHs at WWC, namely Ian Hamilton, Marty Chan, Eve Silver, and Dr. Robert “Talks to Toasters” Runté, each guaranteed to be erudite, fun, and […]

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