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I have sold science fiction, movie reviews, medical nonfiction, restaurant reviews, and screenplays. I edited and co-wrote a chapter on writing science fiction, published in a popular college textbook on fiction writing (The Graceful Lie, edited by Michael Petracca). I created and co-edited UNEARTH, a science fiction magazine devoted exclusively to discovering and publishing new writers, which launched many writing careers (name-drop: William Gibson). I'm a physician, film director, drummer, scuba diver, and golfer.


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comment Is it unusual to use product placement within a fictional novel, and what are the legalities around this?
The simple answer: No, not at all. But you have to decide if you feel ethically bound to do so.
Sep
17
answered Is it unusual to use product placement within a fictional novel, and what are the legalities around this?
Sep
11
revised How to shorten meandering dialogue?
refined references
Sep
11
answered How to shorten meandering dialogue?
Sep
10
comment Real, serious and based on personal experience idea, but no previous practice. Where to begin?
Everyone who is doing something for the first time has had no practice at it. How do you get practice at it if you don't DO it for the first time?? Not having had any practice is not an excuse for not doing it.
Sep
10
comment Real, serious and based on personal experience idea, but no previous practice. Where to begin?
I read your question carefully, and you are basically asking why you can't write. Look at all the answers you have received. Every one of them is trying to give you advice on how to get over your block. You "sit stunned, afraid of putting text on paper?" I'd say that's a pretty good description of being unable to write. And don't call yourself stupid. You are clearly not stupid. My point was there are a lot of variations of the "why can't I write question." Yours is one variation. And if you write, you ARE a writer. So write.
Sep
9
answered Real, serious and based on personal experience idea, but no previous practice. Where to begin?
Sep
6
revised How do I overcome my anxiety of writing again?
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Sep
4
comment Can Readers Relate to a Book without Humans?
@Joe Nice point, Joe. And as it happens, the monolith in 2001 originated in Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, so it was not merely in the movie. And yes, I would be hard pressed to see how to use its creator as a character. :)
Sep
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answered How can I write an attention-grabbing first line?
Sep
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answered How do I overcome my anxiety of writing again?
Aug
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comment Can Readers Relate to a Book without Humans?
@Mussri Your thought is aligned with mine. In my own story, Embodied In Its Opposite, I placed a human ambassador on a distant planet among creatures I tried to make so unlike us that nothing about them even seemed human. It's a daunting task, to say the least, but it's worth doing.
Aug
31
revised Can Readers Relate to a Book without Humans?
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Aug
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answered Can Readers Relate to a Book without Humans?
Aug
27
comment Is muteness appearing without explicit reason acceptable?
If no one knows about any of this, and his past doesn't matter, then why do you even care? How can it not matter? It's an awfully important thing about a person, but if it really isn't important, if you don't want the readers to know, and you don't want the characters in the story to know, then of what use is the information you are asking for in your question?
Aug
25
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Aug
25
revised Writing exercises to practice the art of giving unique voice to characters?
stylistic and syntactical improvements; fixed typos
Aug
25
revised Is muteness appearing without explicit reason acceptable?
stylistic clarification and tightening
Aug
25
answered Writing exercises to practice the art of giving unique voice to characters?
Aug
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