Writers on Writing: Link

I hate to link to a “viral” type of website, but there is an amazing compendium of writers talking about writing here: https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/05/03/advice-on-writing/ 

It is well worth your time if you are at all interested in that sort of thing.

One that isn’t included in the above list is Robert Heinlein’s “5 Rules”, quoted and discussed on Dean Wesley Smith’s fascinating blog here: Heinlein’s 5 Rules

From the compendium first mentioned, one of my favorites is Neil Gaiman’s simple advice: Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

Particularly interesting to me is Gaiman’s rule #5: “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” Continue reading

New Cover for The Young Garden Manifesto

We’ve rehashed the cover for The Young Garden Manifesto with an awesome new design, check it out:


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The book’s original cover was done by an amazing artist who we also worked with for the cover of Blazing the Sun, and it got a lot of positive compliments and attention from people when we went to different conventions. So why did we want to change it? Continue reading

The Witchery of Archery (Incandescence Press Edition)

The Witchery of Archery

One of the big projects that I have been working on has recently been released: a new edition of The Witchery of Archery by Maurice Thompson. This is THE legendary love letter to archery that first popularized it as a sporting recreation in the United States, complete with gushing odes to the natural world and outrageous recounts of true life adventure with longbow in hand. Continue reading

Obscure Words are Obscure for a Reason


Bane of undergraduate professors, godsend to honest writers, stumbling block of fools. Many have dared, many have tried, many have stamped themselves inadvertently with the ‘idiot tag’. Ye who seek to enter into its power, beware the seduction of the dark side!


“You’re so smart, what big words you use!” is a sentiment that no intelligent, well educated human being has ever expressed sincerely. Continue reading

Why You Should Be a Writer

This little article can be thought of as a corollary or addendum to my article, “The Trouble With Lying“. It applies specifically to fiction or novel writing, and somewhat less specifically to non-fiction.

In “The Trouble With Lying” I talk about the self-publishing industry and contend, among other things, that most of the people trying to self-publish their books today should not be doing so. Please don’t construe this to mean that nobody out there should be self-publishing and “chasing the dream”, which is the same dream that I am chasing (although I don’t think of it in those terms, and believe the concept of ‘chasing the dream’ is part of the problem).

In fact, I think it is extremely important that people with something special to contribute as writers take up the long struggle to get their work recognized and into reader hands. Sometimes it isn’t even a long struggle, but history indicates that it usually is. Continue reading