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Death Of 1000 Cuts – In The Barber’s Chair: Adit and His Father (by Karishma)

Welcome to Death Of 1000 Cuts – making you an awesome writer, one cut at a time. This is a weekly blog for writers, readers, and people who love stories. Each week we look at the first page of a writer’s novel or short story and find ways of making it better. If you’d like […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – In The Barber’s Chair: Untitled (by Jack)

Welcome to Death Of 1000 Cuts – making you an awesome writer, one cut at a time. This is a blog for writers, readers, and anyone interested in the craft of storytelling. Each week, we take the first page of a writer’s novel or short story and look at ways of making it better. If […]

How To Get An Agent – The Ultimate Guide

Here at Death Of 1000 Cuts HQ I often receive emails asking how to bag an agent. I know I’ve said before that this blog isn’t about teaching you how to get published, just to how to write better, but some of you suspected – correctly – that I was holding out on you. The […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – In The Barber’s Chair: The Ancient Ones (by Maeve)

Hello dear friend and welcome to Death Of 1000 Cuts – making you an awesome writer, one cut at a time. This is a blog for writers, readers, and anyone interested in the craft of storytelling. Each week we take the first page of a writer’s novel or short story (submitted via the ‘Contact Me’ […]

The SF Author’s Reference Shelf: 6 Essential Titles For Writers Of Speculative Fiction

I’ve been meaning to write a post on non-fiction books all SF (I’m using that to mean writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, New Weird, Bizarro, crossovery Literary-but-odd and all points in-between – please darling, let’s not get into a debate on taxonomy and nomenclature, not today) authors need to read. Obviously there are […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts: Cut 11 – Don’t Play With Scissors

A year on since we started Death Of 1000 Cuts, it’s immensely gratifying to hear all the positive feedback from regular readers. A few people on Reddit and Twitter have called me an arrogant dick, and you know what, they’re probably right. As John Scalzi succinctly put it, the failure mode of clever is ‘asshole’. […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – In The Barber’s Chair: The Life He Wanted (by Sean)

Welcome to Death Of 1000 Cuts – making you an awesome writer, one cut at a time. Goodness – we’ve been going for a whole year! I cannot believe it. In celebration, for one week only I’m going to post about creative writing every day, including the regular Thursday Barber’s Chair and this, a bonus […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – In The Barber’s Chair: Untitled (by Pat)

Welcome to Death Of 1000 Cuts – making you an awesome writer, one cut at a time. We’re just coming up to our first birthday! A year of Death Of 1000 Cuts posts. That shit cray. Thank you for all your lovely support. I expect I’ll do something special next week to mark the occasion. […]

Death Of 1000 Cuts – In The Barber’s Chair: Collapse (by Haleigh)

Happy 1st o’ May and welcome to Death Of 1000 Cuts – making you an awesome writer, one cut at a time. Friends, this blog has been going for almost a year. I can’t believe it. We’ll have to do something cool for the first anniversary. Like maybe I could announce something so exciting that […]