Category Archives: For Writers

As both a scientist and a toolmaker for creative media people, I spend a lot of time thinking about how fiction works, how we writers do what we do, and how I might be able to help myself (and others) get better at it. This is the section of my web site where I post articles about the business, craft, and tools of writing. I don’t promise that what I have to say will work for everybody else—or even anybody else—but it should always be interesting.

Assembling a codex of e-publishing frustrations

Dear Publishers and Authors: What can you not do with current e-publishing tools and technologies that is driving you nuts? You’ve been working for a while with HTML, CSS, EPUB…

Chaos is our friend

One of the things I’ve been pondering is how best to include creativity theory in my postings here. It’s easy enough, of course to simply tell you about some of the…

Chasing creativity theorists up the Nile

In an earlier post, I offered my working definition of creativity. It wasn’t intended as a rigorous definition – I just wanted readers to know where I’ll be coming from…

Sanderson’s Principle of Limitations

Brandon Sanderson recently posted a thoughtful article on the nature of magic systems, stating that the most important part of an author’s magic system isn’t in defining what things users…

Simple tools: file corruption

This article is a continuation of the earlier post, In praise of simple tools. Software tools form ecosystems unto themselves – writing tools included – but if you are a creative…