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October 2012- Archives

Susan Juby: Sci-fi and the bolognium theory

The Stephen Leacock-nominated author on why she can't consider herself a "real" SF writer. (Casserole has something to do with it.) ...

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Nina Munteanu: Write from the inside out

The Nova Scotia SF author and ecologist on the link between the known and the unknown....

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Matthew J. Trafford: Say no to the naysayers

The author of The Divinity Gene on how to handle those pesky sci-fi haters....

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Matthew J. Trafford: Use the news

The author of The Divinity Gene on why—even if you're writing about an alternate universe—you should still look at a newspaper every once in a while....

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Craig Davidson: Four months, twenty days

The author of Rust and Bone on the value of taking your writing one step at a time....

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Lynda Williams: Writing that flies

The author of the Okal Rel Saga on listening to your own voice and blocking out all the others....

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Alison Sinclair: Start with the brick

The Montreal-based SF writer on the importance of pinpointing where your novel truly starts....

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Arthur Slade: Breaking the fantastical ice

The "Young Adult Fantastical Fiction Guy" on why you might want to put down that plasma gun if you want to keep people reading....

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Steve Stanton: Writing from the subconscious

The author of The Bloodlight Chronicles on the power of writing fresh from a dream state....

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David Nickle: No such thing as "just lunch"

The author dubbed "the next Stephen King" by The National Post on making every single scene rise above the mundane....

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Helen Marshall: Write your kink

The Aurora-winning poet and SF author on the importance of embracing your own eccentricities in your writing....

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Edward Willett: Creating a strange new world

The Aurora-winning author of Marseguro on the importance of sensory detail in your sci-fi universe....

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Matthew Hughes: Don't get it right; get it done

The SF and crime writer on what a first draft of your SF novel may in common with D-Day....

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Margaret Atwood: Tinkering with reality

In this excerpt from her collection of essays, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, the Booker Prize-winning author reveals the source of her passion for sci-fi: Tinkertoy....

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David Annandale: Respect your subgenre

The genre-leaping writer on the importance of adjusting your voice to the story—and not the other way around....

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Hayden Trenholm: The writer's toolkit

During our Sci-Fi Odyssey here at Canada Writes, we'll be running daily writing tips from Canadian sci-fi authors. First up: The Aurora-winning author and playwright Hayden Trenholm on expanding what's in your writerly bag of tricks....

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