Category Archives: Fiction Writing Advice

General fiction writing advice by Bill Weiss

TE-55 & Distancing

I’m well on my way on another of my novels-in-the-works process. The TE-55 book is now three chapters in, with the fourth and fifth well brainstormed. My plan is to focus exclusively on this novel through chapter ten, then skip … Continue reading

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“Visions” of Literature from TV

Back in the 1980s, while I stood at my workbench servicing people’s electronic gadgetry,  I used to wait for my favorite shows to appear on our local Chicago PBS television station. Both were shows about writing and literature. I devoured … Continue reading

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Are You Writing?

Well are you? Writing, that is? Let me begin by saying that this is my first attempt at writing a blog post directly on my smart phone. Small screen. Virtual keyboard.  Not ideal, but we’ll see how it goes. If … Continue reading

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Podcasts on Writing

In between writing sessions there’s a lot of life to which we writers must tend. There’s commuting to work, trips for groceries, dental appointments, hair cuts…all sorts of everyday stuff we do, well, every day. Pile onto that the occasional … Continue reading

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Lots Happening

Feedback is a good thing, and read/writer comments have alerted me to the handful of typos and other glitches missed during the editing process of the first three e-books helped to clean things up.  The initial three have now been … Continue reading

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Drabbles

Nope, it’s not a new snack cracker. A Drabble is a very short story: 100 words exactly, no more, no fewer. The gang at Drabblecast.org challenge writers to crunch words into the fine powder that reveals the essence of story, and the … Continue reading

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Solid Research = Solid Framework

I’m going to mention Steampunk a lot in this piece. Bear with me, even if you’ve no interest whatsoever in Steampunk… If you’re considering writing a novel or even a longer work of short fiction, you are no doubt aware … Continue reading

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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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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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