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Kameron Hurley: Did “Being a Writer” Ever Mean… Just Writing?

From the August 2017 issue of Locus Magazine I have spent an inordinate amount of time this year Being a Writer, and far less of it doing the writing part. Oh, the words get done. In fits and starts and large binge sessions, I squeeze out stories in a few days and large swaths of […]

Kameron Hurley: Story Isn’t Just “Stuff Happens”

From the June 2017 issue of Locus Magazine I brought my dogs to a new dog park this weekend, one frequented by experienced dog owners who enjoyed socializing their dogs. The park I usually go to is less frequented, with fewer dogs, and the owners are all worried and anxious sorts. Their dogs tend to […]

Kameron Hurley: How to Write a Book in a Month

From the April 2017 issue of Locus Magazine We all want to learn how to write books faster. The pace of the news cycle today has heated up to such an extent that for those of us who aren’t in the 1% of writers, if we don’t come out with a book a year, it […]

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If You Want to Level Up, Get Back to the Basics

From the February 2017 issue of Locus Magazine There are few things, for me, that are as equally depressing and energiz­ing as reading a really great book. Great books are why I got into this business in the first place, which is why I’m often so shocked when I hear from other professional writers that […]

Kameron Hurley: There Have Always Been Times Like These

From the December 2016 issue of Locus Magazine ‘‘Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who […]

Kameron Hurley: The Mission-Driven Writing Career

From the October 2016 issue of Locus Magazine Most writers quit. Many aspiring writers get angry when I say discouraging things like this, but sometimes the truth is discouraging. Most writers quit because they achieve what they set out to do – publish a book, or a short story, or simply finish one – and […]

Kameron Hurley: When to Quit Your Day Job

From the August 2016 issue of Locus Magazine The best writing career advice I ever received wasn’t ‘‘write every day’’ (because I certainly don’t), but, ‘‘Don’t quit your day job.’’ Clearly, not all of us have a choice in this matter, as steady day jobs continue to be eradicated and the ‘‘gig economy’’ becomes the […]

Kameron Hurley: Hard Publishing Truths: Relationships Matter

From the June 2016 issue of Locus Magazine One of my favorite publishing stories is from an established short story writer who tweeted that a story of his had been rejected from a magazine. Within a few minutes of sharing that, the editor of the publication e-mailed them and apologized for the rejection. ‘‘Our new […]

Kameron Hurley: Cultivating Inspiration on Deadline

From the April 2016 issue of Locus Magazine Like most people trying to stay above water in this tricky economy, I’ve been looking into ways to use my time more effectively. I have a bushel of novel and short story deadlines, a busy day job, and I’m feeling increasing pressure to sell more work now […]

Kameron Hurley: The Sad Economics of Writing Short Fiction

From the February 2016 issue of Locus Magazine The abysmally low payment terms for science fiction and fantasy short story markets have been a sad topic of conversation among writers for de­cades. Gone are the days when writing and selling a short story would pay your rent (unless you’re selling to Tor.com). Rates for writing […]


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