Frankenjacked Books in Purgatory

In “Spam clogging Amazon’s Kindle self-publishing”–a Reuters article out of San Francisco– Alistair Barr says, “Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging the online bookstore of the top-selling eReader with material that is far from being book worthy and threatening to undermine Inc’s publishing foray.” According to the article, rather than actually go to the […]

What the Dickens?

Phase II of My Plan for World Domination: What the Dickens, indeed. Today, I’m celebrating all things serial novel. 😀 101 Arabian Nights is often cited as the first serialized novel, but serialized novels didn’t really have their heyday until the Victorian era. And one of the best known serial writers is Charles Dickens. So […]

Forget About Being Published

One of the great advantages of going to conferences and workshops is that, if you’re lucky, they blow your mind away. Caped CONduit 21 just ended, and it was incredible. CONduit isn’t a writing conference, it’s a SF and F general convention. But I learned just as much about writing and story as if it […]
Publishing Pirates

Publishing Pirates

I love pirate stories … and in fact, Laura and I are writing a fun pirate story right now in the second Dragon’s Bard online serial novel, ‘Blackshore.’ However, pirates in the real world are truly frightening, without morals and predators who prey upon those who cannot defend themselves. As a cautionary example, I’d like […]

Writing Porn

Ullf Lehmann, one of our writers here on Scribe’s Forge started a discussion on our forums about the things that annoyed him in fiction. The first was a lack of proper sentence structure — Ulff writes in English and, as he comes from Germany, he understands grammar better than most of us from the United […]
Video and Film

Four Stories of Lord of the Rings

The eight archetypes of story can help us with the complex structure that is found in ‘epic’ stories. In epics, there are several different stories being told simultaneously around a central theme story … with each of these stories having their own set of characters, some of which perform functions (sometimes the same and sometimes […]

The times they are a-changin’

I just received a royalty statement the other day from one of my publishers. It was of more than a little interest to note that ebook sales of my novel exceeded those of paperback sales. Ah, I thought, the times they are a-changin’. Traditional advertising methods no longer work they way they once did. Google […]

He Who is the Most Flexible…

… wins! One of the things that a writer must constantly deal with is the vagaries of life and the unexpected. Whenever I am asked, for example, I’ll tell people… The best thing about being a writer is that I only work when I want to. The WORST thing about being a writer is that […]

Workshop Pitch Packets

As we move into the Seminars and Workshops in earnest, it is time for you to start pulling together materials for your Workshop Pitch Packets. Exciting, isn’t it? Ah, but what IS a Workshop Pitch Packet, you ask? This is a collection of materials which will allow us to evaluate your story and your writing […]

Foundations & Beginnings

We are pleased to welcome you to the inauguration of our Foundations in Speculative Fiction Seminars and Workshops. We hope that you will join us in the pioneering spirit as we launch this exciting new opportunity to share our 30 years of professional writing experience with you. As this is an our first online course, […]

Coursework Update

Welcome once again to our online writing seminars and workshops. A quick update for you regarding the beginning of our coursework. First, you are our first online class and we anticipate a few rough spots along the way. This is compounded by the fact that I am currently in the middle of rewriting one book, […]


As we are gearing up for the launch of our first Scribe’s Forge Online Writing Seminars and Workshops, we wanted to share a small piece of the first video seminar in our six-week series. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into our seminars, where you create the next great story … and we provide the […]
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