Études vs. Widgets

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series For Writers

A while back, I started a series of posts on what I was then calling “Études for Writers.” I think that title is a mistake. I had reasons for choosing the title, of course, which I explained in the first post on the subject: basically, études are special kinds of exercises that marry technique to sensitivity to a theoretical structure. Just […]

Etudes for Writers, #2.1

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series For Writers

In my last post in this series, I mentioned (and linked) the blog of my friend Ian McHugh, an excellent Australian SF/fantasy writer. I wanted to mention this post of his, regarding the usefulness (or uselessness) of word frequency analysis when trying to figure out what you’re doing unconsiously in your writing, as well as […]

Etudes for Writers, #2: A Fine Balance

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series For Writers

At Clarion West, our instructor–one of my favorite authors, the brilliant Maureen F. McHugh–suggested an idea to our class that seemed, when I heard it, to be self-evidently logical and obvious… except of course I’d never heard it stated explicitly before, or thought of it myself, and when she suggested it, my mind was also blown […]