WLT’s 2013 Summer Writing Retreat

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] At last summer’s WLT Agents & Editors Conference, in Austin, Texas (June 21-23, 2013), I was finally ready to seriously pitch my thriller, The Jagged Man. I thought the book was ready, too. I had been working on it for several years, but I felt …

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Writing Retreats

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I’ve been to two writing retreats in the last six months, and they were both wonderful (and an extremely rare experience for me). I don’t know what your writing situation is like, but let me tell you a little bit about mine. I retired in 2009, after nearly forty years in the workforce (thirty of …

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Painting Our Caves as Writers

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A few days ago, my wife, Minay, and I took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cave Paintings of Lascaux exhibit that’s running at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It will be here in Houston through March 23, 2014. It has already been displayed in Bordeaux, France, and at the Field Museum in Chicago. It …

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Rules for Writing

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[Originally posted on my previous website, michael dot sirois dot com] Robert Heinlein’s rules appeared in an essay “On the Writing of Speculative Fiction (1947).” The publishing industry has changed a great deal, but the thought behind most of these are still perfectly valid. Heinlein’s Rules for Writing You must write. You must finish what …

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Hard Facts for First Novelists – Seriously?

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[Originally posted on my previous website, michael dot sirois dot com] I ran across a Canadian website the other day which offered a scenario for what would happen during the process of writing a novel, “from inspiration to final royalty cheque.” You can read the rest of the original document (a PDF, 69 kb) here, …

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