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President’s Day Post: Best Writing Tips, at Magical Words

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain, under the name David B. Coe, with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, … Continue reading

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A Post About Looking Backward in Order to Move Forward

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain, under the name David B. Coe, with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, C.E. Murphy, and Kalayna … Continue reading

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Flash Writing Tips: Three Rules I Follow When Creating Magic

This post is about creating magic.  Literally.  More to the point, it’s about creating a viable magic system for your fantasy story or novel.  A couple of months back I wrote about worldbuilding and might have alluded briefly to magic … Continue reading

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Flash Writing Tip: Accepting Criticism from an Editor

I’m here at Marcon, and it’s late.  I’ve had a full day — a long drive, a panel, a signing; I’m ready to go to sleep. But today’s panel was on “How To Be Edited,” and since I was the … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: Writing Is Hard

Sounds sort of weird, I know.  I mean, what kind of tip is “Writing is hard?” In all honesty, it might be the most important tip I ever post to this site. Let me start by saying that this is … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: Trusting Your Reader

Recently, while reading through a wonderful short story written by a Master’s student with whom I’m working, I found myself writing a comment in the page margin that rang all too familiar.  The student had just had one of her … Continue reading

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Web Site Update and News!

So, I have updated the D. B. Jackson website to reflect a few recent developments.  First of all, I have been invited to be a special guest at a couple of upcoming conventions — Con*Stellation, in Huntsville, Alabama (October 2012) … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: Character Development Starting Points

Aspiring writers are often told that they should “write what they know,” which I’ve always felt is a strange bit of advice for people trying to make their way in a profession founded upon feats of imagination.  And to my … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: More on Dialogue — Conversations As Narrative

The other day, in my first Writing Tips post, I wrote about said-bookisms and the challenges of dialogue attribution.  Just to reiterate, the key to effective dialogue attribution is showing readers the emotions and thoughts of those characters who speak … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: Said-Bookisms, the Obscure Sin that Can Doom a Manuscript

I’ve been writing professionally for more than fifteen years, and I’ve been reading avidly for far longer.  Over the years the publishing market has seen sea-changes in almost every respect, with ramifications for the business, the very act of reading, … Continue reading

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