There is no aspect of a culture more pervasive and more influential than language. Language is a reflection of thought, and in turn influences thought. It separates us and unites us. And for writers exploring new species and new cultures, it ultimately defines what is alien. Continue reading
As a wordplay enthusiast and puzzle designer, I’m often struck by the similarities between puzzle design and writing fiction. Both writers and puzzle constructors engage their audiences in a competition they have every intention of losing. Continue reading
Dreams have sparked countless artistic breakthroughs, but to the author who sits at the keyboard struggling to squeeze a drop of creativity out of his or her parched brain, dreams can be one of nature’s cruelest taunts.
Three simple habits can help us to hold onto more of those details. Continue reading
Terror shot through my body and catapulted me out of bed, gasping for breath. Something had awakened me. A shout in the dark, close to my ear.
I checked my wife. She was still sound asleep. But then she spoke again. Continue reading