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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 grind of word counts, painful edits, vague outlines, and rougher-than-rough... »

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 a little fun, I spent a lot of time working (and trying to catch up),... »

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,” is one. I wrote “Ice Cream” specifically to see if I could get it included... »


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... »

Your Opening Is Weak

Friday, November 13, 2015
By Phil Elmore
Your Opening Is Weak

“Always grab the reader by the throat in the first paragraph,” said Paul O’Neill, “send your thumbs into his windpipe in the second, and hold him against the wall... »

You’re Not A Big Enough Thief: Writing Characters and Dialogue

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
By Phil Elmore

Characters are something I’ve always done well or, if not well, then easily. What I mean is that some authors spend a lot of time agonizing over both characters... »