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An Interview with Author Zachry Wheeler, Part 2

Science fiction novelist Zachry Wheeler is a web applications developer and self-professed nerd who also writes nonfiction articles for BrewChief.com and HerringtonPost.com. You’ll find him on his website ZachryWheeler.com and at SFF conferences throughout the Southwestern United States (see his

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Speculative Fiction: Culture Lab

Speculative Fiction: Culture Lab by Betsy James Speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, and slipstream) gives voice to those who explore societal and technological change along with deeper considerations of underlying archetypes of human experience. ~ from the

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The Benefits of a Genre-Specific Critique Group

If you’re blessed, as I am, to have some of the best critique partners…, you undoubtedly realize the benefit of having a watchful pair of eyes to run over your manuscripts, a merciless tongue to point out the weak points,

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Story Promises: What Readers Expect from Fiction

Like many readers, my main reason for reading fiction is to be taken out of my world and into someone else’s. Before I became a writer, I didn’t expend a lot of brain power to decide what stories to pick. I

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10 Reasons Why You Should Write Fan Fiction

We write [fan fiction] because we love these vampires, Doctor Who companions, or demon hunters so much that we can’t stand not knowing what happened in those missing scenes or giving them the chance to make a different or better

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Speculative Fiction Calls for Submissions: Summer 2014

If you’ve been working hard to polish your speculative fiction short stories, this summer might be a good time to let them go and find a home in a paying publication. Here are a few markets calling for submissions of

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Speculative Fiction Writing Contests: 2nd Quarter

Do a Google search for writing contests and you’ll find over 44 million results. That huge pool of general fiction contests is one reason I don’t submit my work to them anymore — the thought of my speculative fiction entry getting

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4 Speculative Fiction Writing Contests

Entering writing competitions is a good way to motivate a writer to finish and polish projects, as well as to build up the courage necessary to keep hitting the “Send” button. Contests can also be a way to judge a writer’s progress. But

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Anatomy of a Monster

Here’s a spreadsheet with points to consider when creating a monster character. Do you have suggestions for changes? If you let me know, I’ll update the spreadsheet and keep it on my resources page.

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Confusion vs Curiosity in Fiction

I recently sat in on a talk by New Mexico author RJ Mirabal in which he shared some of the lessons he learned on the road to publication. He made the point that an author must write in a way

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