Browsing Archive: March, 2012

Finding Names

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Monday, March 26, 2012, In : On The Web 

If you are anything like me, you already have lists of possible character names that you are constantly adding to. My own list has over 3,000 character, place, and species names on it already, but I’m always looking for more. I recently came across several sites that are all about names. They provide lists or generators of species, series, or period specific first and/or last names. A great resource for those of us who write Speculative Fiction.


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What is New Wave Science Fiction

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, In : Guest Blog 

by Sarah A. Hoyt

This is a manifesto.  I’m not sure what we’re manifesting, but it’s probably destiny.  Or density.  When you’re dyslexic, it can get confusing.  But in any case we’re manifesting something and it’s a patent manifestation.

The proximate reason for this is my post – here.  Or in other words, it’s another fine mess my mouth got us into.  (Okay, my typing fingers.  If you’re going to be nitpicky, you’re right out of the club.)

The purpose of this is to create ...

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Genre & Dialect

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, In : Writing 

‘Write what you know’ is one of the most cited rules of writing. Most people take it to mean that you should only write about those things you have some experience of. That idea has been soundly refuted by a number of good authors. 

What it really means is, if you want to write about something, or, write within a particular genre, you need to find out as much about it as you can before starting the story.

You need to immerse yourself in the topic to such an extent that when you come to wr...

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An Interesting 'How To' Book for Writers

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, March 11, 2012, In : Book Review 

102 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes, Bob Mayer, 2012, Writer’s Digest Books (Kindle: $4.99)

I came across this book a couple of months ago when it was being offered as a free e-book to subscribers of Writer’s Digest. At that time it had the title 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes, but the free version only contained 33. Having read those 33 I went looking for a complete copy, as I’m sure was the intention. The current book is an updated version of the earlier work with the ex...

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The State of Publishing

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : On The Web 
This is a great blog post by Sarah Hoyt on the state of the publishing industry today, and what we can do.

There is hope, if we just close our eyes for a moment and realise that we're not chained to the back of the van.
[This comment will make sense once you've read the blog.]

Happy writing,


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Productivity Pro Update

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Productivity Pro 

As followers of this blog will be aware, three weeks ago I declared my intent to become more productive. In order to do that I was going to follow the recommendations given by Sage Cohen in her article, ‘10 Ways To Be A Productivity Pro.’

Over the last three weeks I have been reading and re-reading her article and working on putting some of her recommendations into effect. Over that time I have discovered two things: First, Sage’s advice works; and second, concentrating exclusively on p...

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25 Things Aspiring Authors Should Know

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Thursday, March 1, 2012, In : On The Web 
This is a great blog post by Chuck Wendig. Something not only 'aspiring' authors should read, but something established authors need to come back and re-read every now and again, because, as Chuck says, all of us have these moments when we feel like crap and that all our work is terrible.

Enjoy, I did.


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I'm a writer, editor, indie publisher, and dedicated Magic Spreadsheet user. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, I've been living in Japan since 1995. I've had a life-long interest in writing and in speculative fiction. My first book was published in mid-2014.
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