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.

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…

Apple’s iBooks Author may have a deadly hidden sting

The Apple iBookstore is a really easy place to buy and sell books, and many authors want to get in on that, so it makes sense that some might look…

A hashtag for students following my writing

As part of my work with high school students in Saskatchewan, one of my teacher colleagues has asked me to start tweeting a writer’s diary as I work on Strange…

In praise of simple tools

What tool do you use for your writing? If you’re like most of the free world, you don’t even think about it. You just open up Word (or possibly Open…