Writers Posts

Members of our audience who are also writers, submitters or enthusiasts who like to write.
April 1, 2024

The Value of a Creative Partner

           I have a friend. No, really, I do. To protect the innocent, I’ll say his name is Don Muchow. You might recognize the name, but I assure you, it is almost coincidental. Okay, somewhat almost…ish. …

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March 25, 2024

Indie or Traditionally Published – and why?

From time to time you hear authors being asked why they chose to self-publish. Preferring to maintain creative control is the most common answer. But what does this really mean, creative control? Talking to the Galaxy of Authors webpage, the author…

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Jan. 9, 2024

What in the Bloody Hell Is This?! How Not to Sell Your Story to a Publisher

There's a classic scene in the movie That Thing You Do in which a rising band of young Beatlesque rock musicians, promised a meeting with Play-Tones record company president Sol Siler, played by Alex Rocco. In that scene, one of the band members ste…

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Sept. 19, 2023


One of the worst things that writers do is when they TELL a reader instead of SHOWING them. In particular, I hate it when an author tells me how a character ‘feels’. They’re happy, or sad, or tired, or angry. By doing so, the au…

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Sept. 12, 2023

Sisyphus and Creativity

Ponder Sisyphus. Doomed to push a massive boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll down again. Every time. Every. Time. What’s that got to do with creativity? First: Creativity is hard work. It may seem easy, and we may pretend it …

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Aug. 22, 2023

Selling Your Book (Part 2)

SELLING YOUR BOOK – Part 2 In an earlier article, SELLING YOUR BOOK – Part 1, we talked about how to market your book. But not everyone in your target audience is going to feel like buying. For some people, it won't be the right time, o…

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Aug. 15, 2023

Selling Your Book (Part 1)

Selling Your Book So you’ve finished writing your science fiction novel and now you’re ready to release it to the world. The good news is that for the most part, it’s an end to long hours spent checking for problems with grammar, …

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Aug. 9, 2023

Research and Writing

I tend to write what is known as “hard SF”, that is, science fiction that is technically accurate, or as accurate as I can make it while taking a wink at things like Time Travel and Faster Than Light travel. With a few exceptions like t…

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Aug. 3, 2023

Why You Should Write Flash Fiction

            I am assuming you are a writer, or want to be. If you have yet to launch yourself into the darkness called writing, and have been putting it off for whatever reason(s) your mind can …

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July 23, 2023

Idea Sources: Not A Secret

            If you’ve been known as a writer among more than two persons for at least 19 minutes, you have been asked: “Where do you get your ideas?” Or you may have been asked the passive-aggressive &…

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