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The Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags

by Ryan Lanz Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over them. They should be invisible. However, there are ways to misuse them and make them stand out. In an effort to avoid that, let’s take a closer look at dialogue tags. Toward the end of “Tag travesties” is something I sorely wish someone had told me before I started writing. Why do we use…

I’m Building a Community

It’s funny how things tend to evolve. I created specfics.com because I wanted to create a place for people to go and read my stories online. I wanted to have a website dedicated for that purpose. As I worked on building the website, I realized that I wanted to do more than simply create a repository for my fiction. I wanted to encourage engagement and collaboration among readers and fellow fans and creators of speculative…

Getting Out of a Slump

From time to time, you find yourself down in the dumps and uninspired. At those times, you just can’t seem to summon the wherewithal to write. Sound familiar? Recently, I found myself in one such rut again but this time, I decided to brainstorm ways to overcome the mental blocks that were keeping me from writing. I took some time to consider my predicament and try to ascertain why I was blocked and what I could…

Sea Witch Song Cover Redesign

Sometimes, you come across an image and it just grabs you and speaks to you. It’s abstract but compared to the previous cover of Sea Witch Song, the abstract underwater background more profoundly conveys the general mood of the story… or so I’d like to think. Sea Witch Song is the horror novelette that I wrote during NaNoWriMo last year. Premise Uma Brown grapples with grief and communes with the hoary beast that killed her…

Editorial Calendars for Cheapskates

If you try to blog on a schedule, you tend to learn quickly that you won’t get very far without a bit of planning and organization. This is where an editorial calendar comes into play. An effective editorial calendar not only allows you to plan posts weeks, even months ahead of time, it also helps to keep you on task. When using an editorial calendar, I’ve found that I’m more likely to publish new blog…

The Shapeshifter’s Story

It recently occurred to me that shapeshifters of one kind or another tend to show up in my stories quite a lot. This realization came to me as a bit of a surprise because I’ve never really considered myself particularly enamored with or fascinated by shapeshifter lore. The shapeshifter in Skin Dancing is something out of a nightmare. Two women meet in a bar in the boondocks on a sweltering summer night. Each woman revels in…

How a Pantser Learned to Plot

I used to be a pantser.  Time was writing by the seat of my pants was the only way I could imagine getting any writing done. This particular approach to the writing process worked for me for a very long time. That changed, though, when a medical condition which seems to have affected the way my brain works, left me unable to focus or effortlessly string my ideas together. I very quickly learned that to…

Is Firecracker Really Godpunk?

I’ve touted Firecracker as a godpunk webserial but the truth is I have my own questions about that. I haven’t quite managed to pin down an exact definition of godpunk. As far as I understand it, godpunk is all about the mythological gods of old existing in the modern world. Now, are there rules attached? What if I created a brand-new god with a whole new mythology and plopped her down into the modern world?…

My First Stab at Horror

When I set out to write my first (and possibly only) horror story, one thing immediately came to mind. It was that episode of the X-Files in which Mulder and Scully encounter that red-eyed creature that might have been one of the Conquistadors who came to Florida with Ponce de Leon in search of the Fountain of Youth. My mind drifted back to the last scene of that episode where Scully exits her hotel room…

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