The gun on the mantle piece doesn’t have to go off, and doesn’t even have to be there, at least not in the final draft, but it’s good to have it there while writing. Read More
So you’re marching along, together with all your Redcoat mates, and then, BOOM! you launch a huge volley against your Frenchie opponents. Which gets you on the order of 500 to 3 000 musket balls spent for every enemy killed.
But in comparison, using the same metrics, the war in Afghanistan had Coallition troops expending some 250 000 rounds for every enemy killed…
If you’re a military nerd, like me, you’ll love what Lloyd comes up with here. Read More
The title says it all… Read More
Fascinating data animation looking at the names used in movies, compared to their popularity in the real world. Read More
Brian Brushwood of ScamNation gives a 6 minute overview of every starting business topic you need to become a successful artist – and stop looking for the magical business fairy. Read More
Because everyone needs infinite drawings of tanks.
Yes, you do, too. Read More
You’re creating content that will sell for the rest of your life.
Not for a week, not for a month, not for a year, not even for a decade.
Your whole life, this stuff’s going to be selling, and you’ve got cycles when you can bring these series back so you’ll always be able to make money. Read More
Hard magic systems or hard for magic systems?
An introduction to hard magic systems (in the Brandon Sanderson sense) in Fantasy, as told through pop culture and a rocking Gandalf. And pretty good information, too.
Featuring Avatar the Airbender. And such. Read More
‘Telling the reader’ means giving the reader the conclusion they would draw, without giving them any of the actions or thoughts or descriptions that would lead them to that conclusion.
Yeah, Patricia C Wrede knows how it is. And should be writing writing books for a living. In addition to her fantasy, of course. But, failing that, we’ve got her blog to turn to. Read More
Why did my story get rejected?
This is a forum thread in the form of an AMA by an (ex-)Clarkesworld slush reader.
Lots of interesting analysis of short fiction markets in general and Clarkesworld in particular. Great if you’re submitting or planning to submit to the big mags.
Pay close attention to the “I slushed 2000 stories, passed up 150-300 to the editor, and none of those got published.” Read More