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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.


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
Jul
6
answered Does this sound like someone at the end of their conflict with emotions? Please help
Jul
5
answered Opening a story with a reference to what someone just said followed by a setting description
Jul
5
answered Roadblocks in my story: The Gladys Tribe
Jul
3
comment Variation in paragraph length
@LaurenIpsum Your comments are always intelligent, informative, and consoling. You didn't even harpoon me for missing the hyphen in the whale. ;)
Jul
3
comment Variation in paragraph length
@LaurenIpsum I'm quite certain I would be a fan, because this clearly implies you recommend it, and I greatly respect your recommendations, but (it pains me to admit) I don't even know what it is. Dual pain here, from the embarrassment of not having read it, and the embarrassment of not knowing what it is. (In the case of Moby Dick, at least I have to endure only one of those pains.)
Jul
2
comment Variation in paragraph length
+1, L.I. S&S. ;)
Jul
2
answered Variation in paragraph length
Jul
2
comment Variation in paragraph length
+1, T. Right on the money, as always.
Jul
2
comment Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
@MichaelKjörling Good point. Often no specification is needed.
Jul
1
comment Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
+1 Jay. I particularly like your observation about which settings American writers choose for adventure versus crime stories. Very perceptive.
Jul
1
comment Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
Absolutely correct, @Tannalein, which is why I emphasized the setting is CRUCIAL to Dr. Z.
Jul
1
answered Why can't I write something longer than a few pages?
Jul
1
revised Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
fixed a missing comma; expanding my main point
Jul
1
revised Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
fixed a missing comma
Jul
1
comment Need Help Understanding the Meaning of Certain Topics in a Writing Contest
Although I don't think the question can be made to fit this site, and I do think Tannalein's answer is excellent, I feel compelled to put in my two cent's worth, because I just have a sense that "paved or unpaved" suggests "smooth or difficult" more than traveled or untraveled. Although one would usually assume the smooth, paved road would be more traveled, that may not be the point in identifying it that way. Popularity and difficulty are not always based on the same factors.
Jul
1
answered Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
Jun
28
comment Is this stylized writing successful or gimmicky?
@Standback I'm feeling very uncomfortable about this because I feel as if I'm being asked to emphasize what I would normally try assiduously to avoid. I don't like to emphasize the negative. But I'm genuinely puzzled. I really don't understand how you analyze the style of a piece that displays no understanding of the rudiments of grammar, nor any grasp of the meaning of most of the words the writer seems to have randomly chosen. There is no style in such a garbled mess of gibberish.
Jun
27
comment Is this stylized writing successful or gimmicky?
@Standback Well, there's your answer.