Author Archives: R. Garrett Wilson

About R. Garrett Wilson

I am a member of the Stanislaus World Builders writing group and have participated in the FSFW writing group. I have written one drama that was based on the book of Mark and performed at my church in 2007. My story, Journeyer, is published in Analog Magazine and a novelette, The Bakrra Encounter, in the FSFW 2010 anthology, I Dreamed a Crooked Dream. I also took part in the community novel project, Stanislaus Reads and Writes, and have a chapter in their novel, Ashes in a Teardrop. Beyond writing, I enjoy road trips, photography, woodworking, watching tennis and cycling, and reading.

Only in California

A true story of an event that highlights the stereotypes of California. Continue reading

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FSFW Hits 100

Today I get to see a group of people, as a group, for the first time in over a year.  They are the Fresno Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers, and they are having their 100th meeting.  I could tell you … Continue reading

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The Write Stuff

I stumbled across a blog today (actually, just one entry) and I absolutely loved it. Thought I would share: http://whitepaintedwoman.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/the-write-stuff/

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Books, Movies, and Money

Three sure ways for a movie to make money right now: remake, sequel, and based off a popular book or comic.  There have been some standout movies and series based off novels.  Books give movies a built in audience. Series … Continue reading

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The “F” Bomb

I think everyone knows what that title means: Drive Failure, the F’n Drive Bombed Out – everything is gone.  This is a courtesy reminder to all you writers out there, learned from a very recent, painful, deflating experience, back up … Continue reading

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20-Minute Writing Exercises for June

The following is a set of writing exercises involving touch/feeling. Do these activities, and then write about how each of them felt for four minutes.  Compare it to nature.  Use strong verbs and metaphors.  Repeat the activity as necessary during … Continue reading

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The End

Where should a writer end a book?  Should all loose-ends be tied up?  How about leaving a hook for another book?  Should a book end differently if it is part of a series versus a stand-alone novel?  Are there rules … Continue reading

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Story Starters for May 2011

 A clap echoed down the corridor. “The coast is clear,” translated a short man with bags under his eyes.  His khaki shorts and matching shirt were more wrinkled now than when we started.  He tried to act calm, but the … Continue reading

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Writing 101

“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.” T.S. Elliot This is my 101st blog post, and today I would like to talk about writing in general.  There is a huge disparity between how many people write a … Continue reading

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Keeping characters in character

As you may know, I ride the train every day.  There is a conductor who I often come in contact with, let’s call him Jake Spinner.  The first time I saw him, he was chewing out a man who was … Continue reading

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