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A New Year, A New Zed

Long time, no see! Want to know about my long hiatus 2017 and why 2018 will be different? Check out my most recent blog post.

SpecFic Digest: June 5 – Horror Writing Tips, Novel Outlining Software, and More

Welcome to the semiweekly SpecFic Digest, a roundup of curated resources from across the web to help you create and publish fantasy, science-fiction, and horror and discover new works of stellar fiction! Horror Writing Tips How Understanding Cosmic Horror Can Improve Your (Love)Craft How to invoke a Lovecraftian sense of [...]

SpecFic Digest May 22: Discounted Writing Courses, Worldbuilding Tools, and More Writing Resources

Welcome to the semiweekly SpecFic Digest, a roundup of curated resources from across the web to help you create and publish fantasy, science-fiction, and horror and discover new works of stellar fiction! Worldbuilding The Worldbuilding Framework A quick guide and ongoing email course from The Worldbuilding School to help you [...]

The Trove 2.0 Has Arrived

Hey there Stellar Creators, As you may or may not remember, The Trove was a mini-directory of resources for fantasy, science fiction, and horror authors that I housed on this site. But it’s a new year, so after rearranging and reorganzing I decided to do something a little more epic. […]

Welcome to a Spectacular Year!

Hey there awesome people, Long time, no see! I’ve heard 2016 described as a disaster by plenty of folks. This was certainly the case for me for most of the year. I kinda dropped off the map for awhile due to some stumbling blocks from that trainwreck of a year. […]

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On Writing Spectacular Fiction

Writing speculative fiction, which broadly encompasses the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres, comes with its own unique set of challenges not present in writing other genres. Now Write!: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror is a guide to creating spectacular fiction filled with the knowledge and advice of speculative fiction authors […]

The Definitive Guide to Building Your World

Create your own stellar setting for your science-fiction or fantasy story with these posts.

Refill Your Creative Well with “Wonderbook”

Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer: a beautiful, practical, and inspirational gem of a book.

Bringin’ SocialBack: Using Social Media without Killing Your Writing Time

You’ve probably heard the commonplace advice on how creating a presence on social media can help you build your author platform. The problem is that it’s all too easy to logon to your favorite social media site of choice and find that you’ve spent far too much time than you had intended, possibly […]

How to Edit: Tips and Tools for Polishing Your Work

Ah, editing – because no first draft can ever be perfect. Despite the challenges involved in this stage of the writing process, editing can be an enjoyable part of the writing process. After all, this is when you get the chance polish your rough draft into a form that approaches your […]