writing

Edgar Rice Burroughs to Forrest J. Ackerman: ‘No fiction is worth reading except for entertainment.’

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

While it’s a few days too late to claim “on this day in…” today I learned that in August 1931, a 14-year-old Forrest J. Ackerman argued with his teacher over the literary merits of Tarzan, [...]

Are more prolific writers necessarily ‘worse’ writers?

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

Can an author be “too” prolific? That’s the thesis that an opinion piece in the New York Times examines. Looking at authors like John Creasey, Ursula Bloom, Barbara Cartland, and even Agatha [...]

Of Puppies and Sadness: A Hugo Award post-mortem

By Chris Meadows
August 23, 2015 // 7 Comments

Earlier this month, when I described the latest Hugo Puppies blow-up, I closed with the paragraph: This is really something in the nature of a pre-game show to the kerfuffle that will invariably [...]

No going Barefoot: If you see a suspicious ad on TeleRead, tell us!

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

As I’ve mentioned, we run advertisements on our front page here at TeleRead, but we do have our standards. I just noticed an interesting-looking ad pop up from an outfit called Barefoot Writers [...]

Self-published writers vs. snobbery: Problem lingers despite triumphs like ‘The Martian’

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

We all know how it used to be. Self-publishing was vanity publishing. The only operations out there that would do it for you would charge so much that your book would be so expensive only friends and [...]

Hugo nominations closing does not end Puppies Hugo controversy

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

The Puppies Hugo controversy really is the gift that keeps on giving. Even though the nominations closed at the end of July, the arguments continue. While we wait for the awards to be announced at [...]

Will the ‘big dogs’ ever leave the big publishers?

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Most of the the time, The Passive Voice just excerpts and reposts interesting articles, but every so often Passive Guy adds commentary of his own. Recently, he had some interesting things to say [...]

Troubleshooting writer’s block

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

What writer hasn’t had to deal with writer’s block from time to time? There’s plenty of advice out there to help get over it, but this piece on Mythcreants has some of the best advice I’ve [...]

Of communities and writing quality

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

On Futurebook, Porter Anderson has been doing a lot of thinking about the writing community lately. In particular, they’re wondering whether “community” is a good or bad thing. “Community” [...]

Don’t want to pay Patterson for writing lessons? Try Michael Stackpole instead

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 3 Comments

Paul had a little fun sending up James Patterson’s $90 writing course a couple of months ago, and a number of commenters below his piece were also dissatisfied with Patterson’s advice. But on the [...]

‘I’m John Scalzi and This is How I Work.’ Now, how do YOU work, when writing?

By David Rothman
August 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve already spilled my secret. I write in a recliner—with a reassuringly clicky keyboard on my lap—and use a large-screen TV as a monitor. Works for me. Same for a large desk. John [...]

Can someone out-compete Amazon in these six areas?

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

The ever-thought-provoking Joe Konrath has posted an essay with six areas Amazon seems unwilling or unable to pursue, that might provide fertile ground for some competitor to come in and disrupt the [...]

In the publishing industry, Ursula K. Le Guin wants less profiteering, more freedom

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

While researching the piece I wrote about Ursula K. Le Guin’s writing advice earlier today, I found enough interesting material that I decided to make another post out of it rather than tacking on [...]

Ursula K. Le Guin on how to write: ‘There are no recipes’

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

Feeling that she no longer has it in her to write another full-length novel, novelist Ursula K. Le Guin has started an on-line writing workshop at the Book View Café, and gotten such a huge response [...]

Live Gen Con Storium panel amused audience, raised money for charity

By Chris Meadows
August 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

L-R: Chuck Wendig, Brian McClellan, Stephen Hood, Stephen Blackmoore, Delilah S. Dawson Thursday night at Gen Con, Stephen Hood of the collaborative storytelling web game Storium got together with a [...]

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