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Mining History

by Gail Z. Martin How can you ever get writers’ block when there’s history?  History is the ultimate reality show. It’s the best gossip in the world. Once you get past the pallid caricatures of historical figures presented in high … Continue reading

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Writing Real People into Your Fiction

by Gail Z. Martin If you’re going to use real people in your fiction, make it easy on yourself and be sure they’re dead. Dead people don’t have as many rights as living people (or corporations). Public figures have fewer … Continue reading

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Making Magic: Creating a Magical System

by Gail Z. Martin How does a writer go about creating a magical system when magic isn’t ‘real’? Fortunately, we have centuries worth of books, letters, writings and documents detailing all kinds of magical systems by people who believed them … Continue reading

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Why fandom matters now more than ever

by Gail Z. Martin Now, when the world feels more hostile and frightening than it has in a long time, I believe fandom (the creators and organizers who enable it, as well as the fans who participate) is more important … Continue reading

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Starting a Series from Scratch

by Gail Z. Martin Nothing is more intimidating than a blank screen or an empty page. I don’t care how many books you write, I’m not sure it ever gets any less scary to sit down and stare at that … Continue reading

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Which Comes First–Character or World?

by Gail Z. Martin Ask three writers how they do their worldbuilding, and you’ll get four opinions. Maybe more, if our characters get to give their own answers. That is to say, there’s no wrong way to worldbuild as long … Continue reading

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Getting Real with Trifles and Folly

by Gail Z. Martin At the heart of my urban fantasy series Deadly Curiosities is the antique store Trifles and Folly. Trifles and Folly has been run by members of my main character’s family since Charleston, SC was founded nearly … Continue reading

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Paths to Publication

by Gail Z. Martin In today’s market, authors have more choices than ever before on how to bring their book to readers. Traditional big publishers, small press, self-publishing–what’s an author to do? Each path to publication has pros and cons. … Continue reading

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Researching the Macabre

by Gail Z. Martin When people ask me ‘where do you get your ideas for your books’, I’m never sure whether they are curious about my writing habits or checking to make sure I haven’t been stashing bodies in my … Continue reading

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Happy Winterstide!

By Gail Z. Martin I hope however you spend the Solstice season, that you are warm and well. October and November were a little crazed finishing up the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign—100 sci-fi and fantasy authors blogging about their own experiences with … Continue reading

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