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Do You Hate Your Readers Like I Hate Writing about Writing?

Monday, February 8, 2016
By Phil Elmore
Do You Hate Your Readers Like I Hate Writing about Writing?

You are an author with a small but perceptible reader base. One of your readers posts a political opinion with which you disagree. Do you A) ignore it; B) post your opposing opinion; or C) tell the reader you hope his children are raped to death by wild dogs?┬áIf you said C, congratulations: You’re... »

Are You Competing with Your Fellow Writers or Authors?

Monday, February 1, 2016
By Phil Elmore
Are You Competing with Your Fellow Writers or Authors?

Let me start by saying that I make a distinction between writers — people who make a living by writing for clients — and authors, people who write stories. If you work a job that is not writing in order to support yourself and... »

Every Client is Temporary

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
By Phil Elmore
Every Client is Temporary

There are writers, and there are working writers. A working writer is someone who makes his living writing to specification, on contract, by assignment, and so forth. In other words, he or she writes for clients. Most working writers would gladly trade the day-to-day... »


Here’s to the Next 527,040 Minutes

Thursday, December 31, 2015
By Phil Elmore
Here’s to the Next 527,040 Minutes

As 2015 comes to a close, I have to say that I’ve learned a lot this year. It wasn’t my best year, but it wasn’t my worst. I had... »

Machina Obscurum: A Collection of Small Shadows

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
By Phil Elmore
Machina Obscurum: A Collection of Small Shadows

I’m published again, this time in J. Edward Neill’s Machina Obscurum. This is a full-length (about 70,000 words) collection of short works, of which my flash fiction, “Ice Cream,”... »

When Politics Get Personal

Friday, November 13, 2015
By Phil Elmore
When Politics Get Personal

Writers are an expressive lot, and like any group of human beings, they have politics. I am always a little surprised when an action writer is anything other than... »