Warren Ellis on Fear – The Parental Kind

Warren Ellis was recently interviewed by THE COMICS JOURNAL via Q & A. It’s a great interview of the writer whose weekly newsletter ORBITAL OPERATIONS I read regularly. This particular excerpt I relate to rather well.

TCJ: What is one thing, in spite of all the energy you have in the face of everything being terrible, that you’re afraid of?

WE: Cancer. Climate change. Economic collapse. The rise of the nationalist right. And so on. You know, the same list as most other people. My daughter turns 23 this week, and I would like her to have a long life that doesn’t involve selling her organs for grain. Have a kid! You’ll be afraid of everything for the rest of your life.

‘Nuff said.



Fight Club’s Chuck Palahniuk Explains His Writing Method With A Disturbing Story | Lowlife Magazine

(Warning: Strong/graphic content) As part of the Q&A Podcast Fight Club 15th Anniversary Special, in which host Jeff Goldsmith sat down with novelist Chuck Palahniuk (Choke, Survivor) and screenwriter Jim Uhls (Jumper) to talk about the 1999 film, Palahniuk was asked, among other things, about his writing method, including his inspirations, habits, etc. In response, he proceeded […]

via (For Those Looking To Write Transgressive Fiction), Fight Club’s Chuck Palahniuk Explains His Writing Method With A Disturbing Story — LOWLIFE MAGAZINE

“How to use Active Reading to Become a Better Writer” | Jed Herne

Intro: Authors often discuss how reading improves your writing. However, there’s a big difference between passive and active reading, and if you’re serious about using published novels to improve your writing you must learn how to do the latter.

When you read passively, you consume a novel as entertainment — you’re trawling through without paying attention to detail. This lets you form a broad judgement (“this is great!”).

By contrast, active reading involves specific focus on an author’s craft. It is to passive reading what fly-fishing is to trawling. Active reading encourages your judgement to be precise (“this is great because the chapter endings created lots of suspense!”).

Read: “How to use Active Reading to Become a Better Writer” by Jed Herne @ProWritingAid https://writingcooperative.com/how-to-use-active-reading-to-become-a-better-writer-b60356bdd212


Linkage | 12.5.16

The End of Reality – My Quest for Truth in the Post-Truth Era | by Doc Coyle


Writing Life: On Being an Indie Author During #GrabYourWallet | by Reggie Lutz


Book Announcement and Writing Week in Review: 11/25-12/2 | by Kristen Twardowski




Linkage | 10.22.16

WP Links

What it Takes to Be a “Real” Writer – via Kristen Lamb
Write What You Know (NaNoWriMo Prep Part 2) – via Rachel Poli
In Defence Of NaNoWriMo – via Holly Evans

Links Abroad

National Novel Writing Month – Sign up!
How To Cope With Feeling Unsupported as a Writer
Writer’s Toolbox



Linkage | 10.15.16

WP Links

The Drabble – Shortness of Breadth (100-word stories)

NaNoWriMo Prep: Adding Conflict To Your Story via Holly Evans

How to Outline Your #NaNoWriMo Novel via You Write Fiction

Outlining: Your Novel’s Skeletal System via The Girl Who Wrote It All Down

A Setting Writing Checklist via Quintessential Editor



RUCKERPEDIA: Horror — Fiction and poetry for the dark days of October!

RUCKERPEDIA: Dark Fantasy — Ditto!

RUCKERPEDIA: Supernatural — Ditto!

Linkage | 10.8.16



WP Links

RUCKERPEDIA – My new Library of Works site is now live and being stocked daily (at least 25 works uploading this month alone)
A.M. Bradley
Jennifer Macaire
Kristen Twardowski

Writer’s Links

Ways to win NaNoWriMo 2016
Storyville: How to Write Flash Fiction
12 tips on writing flash fiction from author Claire Fuller
Stories in your pocket: how to write flash fiction
Top ten literary magazines to send very VERY short flashes