Browsing Archive: February, 2012

Nebula Award Nominees Announced

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, In : On The Web 
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the nominees for the 2011 Nebula Awards. Click through here to see who made the list. 
If you're interested in writing in the genre, these are the publishers and publications to be submitting to. Not to say that small press publications don't get noticed, but the big names tend to attract a lot of attention, that's why they're the big names.

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On The Web

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, February 26, 2012, In : On The Web 

For today’s ‘On The Web’ I’m bringing you three new sites.
An online speculative-fiction magazine that is well-worth reading, and perhaps even submitting to.
Libby Cuskelly, the author of this blog, is an anthropologist and a fantasy author. She has a very interesting post on world-building from an anthropological standpoint, the first in a series of ten that I am looking forward to reading.

This is...

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Point Of View

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Monday, February 20, 2012, In : Writing 

Point-of-view is one of the most important tools in any writer’s toolbox. Used well, POV provides an intimate connection with the main character. Used badly, it dilutes the impact of the story.

Take the time to study any best-selling novel and you’ll find that the writer has limited the POV as tightly as possible. This is because the fewer the POV characters, the more likely the reader is to make that emotional connection with your character that will keep them turning the page. 

The fewe...

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First efforts on the Productivity Path

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : Productivity Pro 
I took Sage's advice to heart and began with Strategy 2: Live, Breathe, and Write Your Platform. 

First I had to define my platform. Not easy. I'm a writer, like a million other people out there. Eventually I narrowed it down a bit and the newly revamped website is the result. It only took me two days to redesign it all. And all the time I was doing that, and the reading I did today on how to blog effectively and how to market one's work and what are the 70 cardinal sins of writing; I was thin...

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Baby Steps

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Productivity Pro 

The old saying, Today is the first day of the rest of your life, seems to have some added resonance for me today. Today is, despite the 25 years that have gone before, the first day of my writing life. At least, that's what I'm hoping.


I have been a writer for a long time. I've even been paid for my writing. I've got a complete draft of a novel that I am in the process (a rather long drawn out process) of editing and rewriting. But despite all that, and despite the uncomfortable feeling I g...

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The Writers' Ten Commandments?

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : From The Archives 

In September 2010, Writer’s Digest put out their ‘Big Ten’ issue. If you don’t already have a copy, I highly recommend getting yourself one as it is, to date, one of the most interesting they’ve ever published. 

In it, among many other interesting ‘Ten’ themed articles, there is an article, “10 Experts’ Take on the Writer’s Rulebook”*, by ten well-known writers** on the Ten Rules in the Writer’s Rulebook — the Writer’s Ten Commandments. In the article, Writer’s D...

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Painting With Words

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, In : Writing 

I was teaching a class the other day and had my students checking their definitions of the words on a vocabulary list by looking them up in the dictionary. One of the words was ‘debt’. I was surprised to find that the primary definition provided by the Webster’s American English Dictionary (New Edition) was ‘sin’, the secondary being ‘something owed’. 

I wondered if this particular take on debt was a particularly American understanding, or whether someone with extreme fundamenta...

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