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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: “WHY BOTHER?” VS. “THE BIG TIME,” IN A LATVIAN DEATH-MATCH!

“Ambition is the last refuge of failure,” Oscar Wilde “Never tell me the odds,” Han Solo I’ve received interesting feedback on FXXK WRITING. Much of it from pros and amateurs in writing, music, and theater, lots of it good, some critical, and a minority have been upset, which I find bizarre. But I was also […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: FAILSTATE

OR, YOU ARE NEVER WHERE YOU THOUGHT YOU’D BE, LOSER! NOTE: This is a companion piece to THE TYRANNY OF ONE. You don’t need to read it first, but you may want to afterwards. My life and career are not what I’d planned. Once I got my act together as an adult, I believed the […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: THE WORKAHOLIC’S CREED

Given the current employment environment, and the freelance lives of many writers, I submit to you, with trepidation, the following. Next month, I dive into the subject even deeper by looking at failure and work. Happy New Year from FXXK WRITING! THE WORKAHOLIC’S CREDO I’m a workaholic. I believe that by working harder (but not […]

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FXXK WRITING: THE TYRANNY OF ONE

OR, WHY YOU CAN’T BE NEIL GAIMAN NOTE: If you like writing one thing (novels in particular), woot. Don’t read this piece, even though it might help. You don’t want what I’m selling. Envy is rife amongst writers. It’s the first stage of jealousy and rooted in daydreams. Few daydream about labor. We daydream about […]

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FXXK WRITING: KICK THE INSPIRATION FIX

Most of us need inspiration. Especially beginners. Moments to motivate, uplift, steady and shape the course of our efforts when we meet resistance, fatigue, or other shitballs tossed our way. When I teach writing classes online and for The Writing Salon, many folks say I’ve inspired them. It’s nice to hear.   Beyond that minor […]

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An Interview with Chuck Rothman

Stanley Lee: How did you get started as a writer? Chuck Rothman: Wow, that’s a long story. I liked reading science fiction, and I made a few attempts at writing as a teen. At a certain point, I read “Titan” by John Varley, and well, I just started writing after that. The book was good, […]

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An Interview with Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

Read Sylvia Spruck Wrigley’s “Space Travel Loses Its Allure When You’ve Lost Your Moon Cup.”  Stanley Lee: Why do you write? Sylvia Spruck Wrigley: Well, I’ve always written since I was a child. I was always surrounded by books. I saw writing as important, something that one should do. And so I wrote. Diaries, essays […]

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FXXK WRITING! ADVICE ON WRITING ADVICE AND OTHER REDUNDANCIES! PLUS! COSMIC TOP SECRET LIST OF WRITING ADVICE!

WARNING-NEWBS! If you are a new, novice, or beginning writer, THIS ARTICLE IS NOT FOR YOU! None of this really matters at your level of development. Come back in a decade, broken and sore, and then give it a whirl. I recently saw a Facebook post quoting Chuck Wendig’s advice from 500 WAYS TO BE […]

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How to Get Published in 18 Short Months Or Why Everyone Should Read Slush

The writing business is tough. Every writer that’s submitted a story has a rejection or thirty to prove it. At the beginning, it seems like it won’t be so bad. The editor just doesn’t get the story, so you send it back out. You know a good story when you see it, yours is just […]

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An Interview with C. L. Holland – Author of “Your Past Life Interferes With My Very Important Studies”

Anna Yeatts: First of all, congratulations on “Your Past Life Interferes With My Very Important Studies”. Tell us the story that inspired this piece. C.L. Holland: Thank you! The story came about as part of a writing challenge over at Codex Writers’ Forum. It was a prompt-based challenge, one of the prompts was to use […]

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