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Inspiration Versus Motivation

Writing is hard. Sometimes you need a little help. Each Sunday, Foil & Phaser will present inspirational and motivational posts to help you break through your writer’s block and get you working again. Since ancient times, people have looked to

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Editing Tips: Word Count

Originally posted on Shannon A Thompson:
Word count matters. As writers,we’ve all heard this. Although there are exceptions, this rule is especially true for beginning writers applying to publishers. Because of this, I thought I’d talk about it today since…

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Ray Bradbury on Writing Persistently

Just a bit of inspiration for everyone who will be huddled in front of a computer screen this weekend.  

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Tips and Tricks for Using Science in Fiction

When writing fiction, an author will often wish to include science, scientific concepts, or other facts and ideas drawn from the real world. Sometimes this works to the author’s advantage, sometimes it falls flat. In this article I will discuss

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WordPlay with Nika Harper

When geek royalty and notorious speed reader Felicia Day began a new YouTube channel dedicated to vloggers, it was no surprise that one segment would be devoted to creative writing. Enter Nika Harper and her Wordplay series of videos. Every

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How to write a successful blog post

Originally posted on bottledworder:
Many of us write well. Many of us also engage with really important or popular issues in our blog posts. Yet, some bloggers turn out more successful than others. How does that happen? What’s the big…

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Politics – What Sci-Fi Writers Get Wrong

Speculative fiction is the genre of ideas, but often it isn’t clear where those ideas came from. In the case of government, our genre has an obsession with omnipresent, omnipotent, usually totalitarian governments. Two of the most famous political science

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July 2020