Welcome to Foil & Phaser

This is the home of the Foil & Phaser community blog, a spin-off website for fans of the Sword & Laser book club and podcast who want to develop their writing skills. In early 2013, the Sword & Laser announced

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What’s Happening at Foil & Phaser

Hello everyone. As we pass the second anniversary of this site, I thought I would give everyone a heads up on what was happening. When I first envisioned a blog for Sword & Laser writers, it was with the support

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Final Two Days to Sign Up for Our NaNoWriMo Short Story Workshop

There are only two days left before NaNoWriMo begins, so if you were considering joining us this year, please sign up on this post as soon as possible. Divide and Conquer is a Foil and Phaser Workshop where a group of writers try

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Last Week to Sign Up for Our NaNoWriMo Short Story Workshop

While it’s tradition for many writers to procrastinate over deadlines, there are only six days left before NaNoWriMo begins, and we currently do not have enough people to make our short story workshop viable. If you were considering joining us

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Divide and Conquer Volume Two: A NaNoWriMo Alternative

Our collective NaNoWriMo project from last year was a resounding success (we’ve given away over 500 copies*), so we’re going to try to better our record of 38,000 words this year with Volume Two. For those who don’t know Divide and

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Describli is now in beta

The writer prompt and word gaming site Describli.com has entered its second round of beta testing and is currently accepting new members. We wrote about Describli in March and the site has continued work to put together a unique and interesting experience

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Writers Workshop #4 Sign-Up

Foil & Phaser will be starting a new critique workshop soon. The submissions will not be published, so this is the perfect opportunity to get feedback on a piece that has been giving you trouble, to tame your NaNoWriMo beast, or for new

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John August’s advice on How To Write A Scene

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The Man with Cold Hands (Part One)

Originally posted on travelin' home:
The light was bright and my eyes were hazy.  I couldn’t remember how long I had been here.  In fact, I’m not even sure where I was.  The room was dimly lit, and I couldn’t…

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Week Twenty-four Flash Fiction Challenge: Wormwood

Originally posted on Odyssey of a Novice Writer:
I was holding the file when Walt entered my office. “Doug, you’re not dressed! C’mon, man, it’s time to go!” Walt looked like he’d stepped out of the early 1960s: crew cut,…

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Happy Birthday Foil and Phaser

It was a year ago today that we officially launched. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this blog a success.  

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August 2022