Tag Archive: James Sallis

How to get story ideas and learn new writing tricks faster

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Hi, my name is Amy McLane, and I write epic fantasy. Here is a sampling of the books I’ve read in the past month or so, in reverse chronological order (and yes, this… Continue reading

When Is It Too Much?

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When is it too much? When have you gone too far? Too Much is one of those things I can easily identify in other writers’ works, but find difficult to see in my… Continue reading

Setting: Too Much, Too Little, Just Right

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Before I ever considered taking up writing, I was a reader. A pretty voracious one at that. I’ve read a lot of books. And as a reader, I see writers approach setting in… Continue reading

Under the Influence: The books (and writers) that made me so gosh-darned weird!

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I think it’s no secret that one of my biggest influences is Ursula Le Guin. But I never would have read Le Guin were it not for Anne McCaffrey, and my fourth grade… Continue reading

Poking Out Your Eyes with a Flaming Stick

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I just read this quote from Bruce Balfour, and it cracked me up: “Writing a novel is a lot like poking out your own eyes with a flaming stick. A ‘real’ writer will… Continue reading

B.I.C. And also, B.O.C.

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This strange thing has been happening to me lately. I plant my butt in the chair and I write. And the writing goes well. And when I’m done writing, I close up shop… Continue reading

Learning to Enjoy the Writing Roller Coaster

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It’s confession time here at PLC again, and let’s just say August was a bit of a roller coaster month. Up and down the track I traveled in my little roller coaster car.… Continue reading

I Write Like…

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During my Twitter travels yesterday I couldn’t help but notice the fun people were having with I Write Like, a gimmicky-fun website that analyzes your writing and tells you who you write like.

Book Review: Phoenix Noir

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Yet another new feature here at PLC- From The Stacks, a review series focusing on small press, midlist, indie, and out-of-print books. My first offering from the stacks is… Phoenix Noir is one… Continue reading

A Tale of Two Scenes

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By Amy K. Nichols In our class this week, our teacher, James Sallis, said he wanted to break us out of our routines. Shake us up a bit. So he gave us an assignment.… Continue reading

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