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Bryan Young
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Filmmaker, writer, etc.
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Science Fiction: World Building and Technology
Tomorrow, I will be teaching a class to a bunch of high school students about world building, technology, and tropes in science fiction. I've been thinking a lot about what I'll be saying to them and thought it would be a good topic for the blog this week. ...

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World Building Without Bogging Down Your Novel
I was asked to talk today about how you build a world without bogging down your novel. And it's something you see all too much of, not just in the work of those working toward becoming professionals, but in professionally published manuscripts as well. Part...

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Your Writing is More Important Now Than Ever
I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows they're bad. Times are crazy. But what can we as writers do? Well, write, of course. Our stories matter. Look at the stories from the last time our country was in a major crisis, whether that was Worl...

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Word Games For Inspiration
I like to read a lot of books about the craft of writing. Probably a full ten percent of the books I read are about the craft of writing. The vast majority of books have some bit of wisdom or inspiration I'm able to take away from them and incorporate into ...

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NaNoWriMo: 10 Tips to Stay on Top
We're just over three weeks into National Novel Writing month and I'm just now crossing the 75,000-word threshold. I was looking around, thinking about how I got to this point two years in a row at about the same time and I thought I'd bring some of that ad...

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The Symbiotic Relationship Between Art and Politics
Art is inherently political. Let's just get that out of the way. We all have things we want to say (or things we want to not say) in our personal lives that shape the art we make. And artists, more often than not, are trying to say something with their art,...

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NaNo: Week One
It's been a week of furious writing, but I've got almost 25,000 words of a novel to show for it. And most of a short story. There's something great about National Novel Writing Month that always kicks my ass into gear and makes me want to get so much more d...

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National Novel Writing Month
It's November and you know what that means. Yes, turkey (or tofurkey), obviously, but it's also National Novel Writing Month. Each year, through the month of November, writers around the world work to complete 50,000 words of their novels in a long sprint t...

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Finding Motivation When You Have None
I don't want to be writing this right now. I would rather be working on something else. If it were up to me, I'd be curled up in a blanket on my couch playing video games with my kids. But I'm work. I'm writing. I have to write. One of the things I have to ...

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Deciding on the Next Novel
Since I don't write licensed fiction (yet!), I often get asked how I pick my next novel project. I'm currently working on my 12th novel length work and I'm continually finishing one and then moving onto the next. I've been in a pretty constant pattern like ...
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