Author Archives: Bill Weiss

About Bill Weiss

Bill Weiss is a creative and freelance writer and founder of the Writerspark creative writing group.

Rules: Broken but Never Ignored

The following story regarding a live creative writing group I ran years back is not a transcript, although I have related it so many times that what appears in quotations is probably darn near to the actual words spoken. In … Continue reading

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A Leviathan of a Trilogy

My recent foray into the world of Steampunk has left me energized and eagerly awaiting Cherie Priest’s next installment in her Clockwork Century series, Ganymede, due out Sept. 27, 2011; Tor Books.  Meanwhile, I decided to explore other titles in … Continue reading

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Steampunk Priestess

Just finished reading my first ever Steampunk novels — that is, unless you count Jules Verne — and feel absolutely inspired! The two tiles are “Boneshaker” and “Dreadnaught,” by Cherie Priest. Ironically, just two weeks earlier I completed and submitted … Continue reading

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Gone in a Blink, Literally

Years ago I heard a story of an author who had just completed her novel and, just days before her manuscript was due at her publisher, suffered a catastrophic computer crash and lost the entire book. She had not yet … Continue reading

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Why Exercise?

Whether you’re an accomplished writer or just starting out on your wordly path, there will be times when you either run out of ideas, are looking for something different to write about or simply looking for a diversion from your … Continue reading

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Adjectives Suck…

Adjectives suck the energy from your prose. Well, maybe not always, but much of the time. We touched on the concept of “show, don’t tell” in a past discussion that dealt with the importance of concrete nouns and active verbs. … Continue reading

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Volumes 1, 2 & 3 Now Available!

All three volumes of  our 1,000 Days In Writerspark series are now available for purchase for nook™, Kindle™ and in PDF format. Click the eStore button above or click eStore to select your format and browse our selection. Each eBook … Continue reading

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Your Second 1,000 Days in Writerspark Uploaded

Just completed work on my newest eBook, Your Second 1,000 Days in Writerspark:  One Thousand Tight Writing Exercises, Volume 2. Kindle, nook and PDF versions have been uploaded and should be available for purchase within the next 24 hours. All … Continue reading

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Opening Sentence – Your Story’s Billboard

Want to lose readers before you’ve had them? Write a truly weak opening sentence. Uninspired beginnings suggest that entire books or stories are equally uninspired. If the author doesn’t care enough to make things interesting, why should you be interested … Continue reading

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Not Writing Writing

Most people — I’d wager even most writers — tend to think of writing as the act of sitting at a desk and putting words onto pages with a pen, pencil, typewriter or word processor. While this might be technically … Continue reading

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