Category: Writing and Editing

Free Novel Saturday: Star Song, Chapter 5

Every Saturday I post a chapter or two of my young adult science fiction novel Star Song. Coming in in the middle? The whole thing starts here with Chapter 1 and an explanation. Enjoy! Star Song By Edward Willett Chapter 5 Kriss entered the common room early the next morning to discover Andru already seated …

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Free Novel Saturday: Star Song, Chapters 3 & 4

In the spirit of Christmas generosity, today I’m posting TWO chapters of Star Song. Coming in in the middle? The whole thing starts here with Chapter 1 and an explanation. Enjoy! Star Song By Edward Willett Chapter 3 The rain soaked Kriss to the skin before he had gone twenty steps down the road that …

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Things my editor told me

I think I’ve mentioned—though no more than a gazillion times or so, so you might have missed it—that my next book to be published by DAW will be Masks, first book in a trilogy (and hopefully series) that will continue with Shadows and Faces. Earlier today I spent a couple of hours on the phone …

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I’m writing a play…and using this song

So, I’m writing this play. Its working title is The Piano Bench: A Love Story with Music and Ghosts. If all goes well it might even make it on stage late next year. Why? Well, therein lies a blog post. The house in which I live has been in my wife’s family since 1939. (It …

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Free Novel Saturday: Star Song, Chapter 2

Star Song By Edward Willett Read Chapter One Chapter Two Kriss stepped into a huge, austere vestibule, with walls and floor of black and white stone in severe geometric patterns. A thin, middle-aged woman in a gray uniform stood at a long white counter, guarding the six black doors in the far wall like a …

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The next big thing

I don’t very often follow up on things I’ve been “tagged” with in the online world, but I was tagged twice for “The Next Big Thing,” both times by writers from Australia, and that seems somehow karmically important. So… The way this is supposed to work is that if you get tagged you answer10 questions, …

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Pondering perfection in an imperfect post

Here’s a rather metaphysical question for you: why do we strive for perfection? Cold logic tells us that perfection is impossible. As a writer, I know perfectly (sorry) well that I will never in my life write something perfect. In fact, I know logically that it’s impossible to even define what a perfect piece of …

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Free Novel Saturday: Star Song, Chapter 1

 With this post I’m starting something new: a free, full novel, which I’ll offer one chapter at a time, every Saturday. The novel is Star Song, a young adult science fiction novel that was the first thing I seriously tried to sell (which is why astute readers will find echoes of Heinlein in here, and …

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Kingdom in Shadows, by Alice Willett, age 11

My daughter likes to write, too. Here’s a recent piece, illustrated by the author. Kingdom in Shadows By Alice Willett The Kingdom of Averendel was dying. One girl looked out of her window, the rain drizzling outside. The girl was crying. Her little sister came in with a letter. The girl turned, wiping tears from …

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TSR, Gygax, D&D & me

TSR. Gygax. The names may mean nothing to you, but to me, they were once words of power, for TSR (Tactical Studies Rules Inc.) published Dungeon & Dragons…and Gary Gygax, who cofounded the company in 1973 with childhood friend Don Kaye, created that seminal fantasy role-playing game, along with Dave Arneson. Now comes news that …

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How I became a DAW author

Here is a tale I’ve told oft before, though never (I think) in print or pixel: the tale of how I became a DAW author. It’s an oft-told tale because I like to share it with writers who are still in that seeking-publication stage, for though the specifics of it are of little use (I …

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Some writerly (in residence) advice

From last September through May of this year, I served as writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library, the latest in a long string of writers to serve in that position, which I understand is the longest-running program of its kind in any library in the country. During my nine months, spending one day a week …

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