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Are writers obsolete?

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, In : On The Web 

I read a comment on a university forum recently (sorry, locked forum, can’t provide a link) where one of the students commented: 

“The role of the writer in society is currently being questioned as a result of technology’s influence. The written word seems to be less important today than even twenty years ago…. Perhaps the oral storyteller became the writer and is now slowly turning back to its original form.” 

Now it’s true that vloging, podcasting, and audio books have really t...

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Horns of a Dilemma

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, In : On The Web 

If you stop and think about it, as writers, there are really only two things we can do to improve our craft; practice, and study. Practice, is, of course, of great import, but I think it loses the paramount position to study because without knowing what you’re doing (which is the purpose of study) no amount of practice is going to make you any better. 

Now, that doesn’t mean that we should just buy all the books on writing and do all the exercises and prompts in them. For one thing, ther...

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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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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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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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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.

Happy Writing


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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.

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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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