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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.


Aug
19
comment How to make a intellectually disabled character believable?
By the way, exactly what cliche do you see as the problem here? Could you identify it more clearly?
Aug
19
answered How to make a intellectually disabled character believable?
Aug
13
answered Does this passage break the rules of telling and not showing?
Aug
2
revised How should I introduce my characters?
rewrite to improve the quality of the writing
Aug
2
answered How should I introduce my characters?
Aug
1
revised Techniques for creating variety in prose
changed one line for clarity
Aug
1
comment Techniques for creating variety in prose
@AkshatJiwanSharma Thank you very much!
Jul
24
answered Techniques for creating variety in prose
Jul
22
answered How to decide whether or not to accept publishing offer for short story?
Jul
22
answered Techniques for creating variety in prose
Jul
10
comment How to become a productive/accomplished writer?
Well, admittedly, I can't say I'm not hinting, as John Smithers says, but I think that's valid.
Jul
10
comment How to become a productive/accomplished writer?
@CraigSefton I'm glad you made that comment. But note carefully: I'm not in any way making any kind of judgment call about his dedication, drive, intentions, motivations, or attitude. I am, in fact, pointing out to him that it's essential for HIM to make that call!
Jul
9
comment Roadblocks in my story: The Gladys Tribe
Well, Lizzy, of course I could give you MY answers, but those would simply be things I made up, and that would be how I would write it. It would be MY version of the story, not yours. The questions are posed by story itself, and you, the writer, must answer them yourself.
Jul
9
answered How to become a productive/accomplished writer?
Jul
7
awarded  Critic
Jul
6
comment Does this sound like someone at the end of their conflict with emotions? Please help
See how much work it can be to write even a single sentence and do it well? :D ;)
Jul
6
comment Does this sound like someone at the end of their conflict with emotions? Please help
Yet you did change the syntax around "pertinacity," thus improving it. Think carefully about using a word with such an effete and outdated feel, but at least now it's not exactly wrong. And you've changed the syntax around "reject" to make it correct as well, so now let me be your demon once more. Don't "try to" reject; you ARE rejecting; unsuccessfully, yes, but saying "try to" merely robs the locution of power. And in exactly the same vein, just forget "seemed to." It's useless, nothing but hot air. And lastly, consider making the clauses parallel: "The more this, the more that."
Jul
6
comment Does this sound like someone at the end of their conflict with emotions? Please help
It does make a bit more sense now, but it is still off kilter. "Rejection" clearly indicates that you are not accepting something the demon is doing, but it is odd to use the word in this way. What are you rejecting? The demon's insults? His fireballs? His sword thrusts? His candy? Just exactly what? And "pertinacity" means persistence. Obviously you are trying to say the demon is sticking with the task of defeating you, but this isn't the way to say it. Pertinacity is not directed at a person. When you use a word, you must have a sense of the dynamics of how it is properly used.
Jul
6
comment Does this sound like someone at the end of their conflict with emotions? Please help
Shawn, I am flattered that you would ask. Thank you for the compliment. I love helping other writers, which is why I do teach writing classes whenever possible. But my schedule is extremely full, and I can't really take on any more. Let me really reassure you that the risk of your material being stolen is nil. Believe me, it's not going to happen. No writer of serious intent would steal from another writer, and any writer who would steal would not have the ability to take a small piece of your material and make it into anything like what you would write. If you want to show more, please do.
Jul
6
answered Complimenting on solid structure with no major flaws