WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Gatecrash — Part 7: Accept no imitation

Let’s face it — alienation is going to become a big theme in this society (as it does on a predictable cycle), and our literature will have to start dealing … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 17 Comments

Gatecrash — Part 6: Aiming to change the game

Things can be done with the physical book that can’t be done in the ebook. It is, after all, an object that offers shape and texture, scores of options for … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · 7 Comments

Corporate kidnaping: Pay up or your national park gets it!

If you’ve been reading my essay, “Gatecrash: Liberating Creativity In The Age of Boilerplate Fiction,” you’re now halfway through. Five more installments will run this week, with the conclusion next … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · 4 Comments

Didn’t win Powerball? Maybe you’ll win a copy of Town Father in my #goodreadsgiveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway Town Father, Or, Where Graceful Girls Abound by Kevin Brennan Giveaway ends February 14, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway  

January 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Gatecrash — Part 5: Brainstorm toward the new

For people who make a living, or at least have the talent for, creating worlds from nothing but the contents of their heads, fiction writers today are taking the easy … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · 16 Comments

Gatecrash — Part 4: A quiverful of techniques

You can think of dozens of ways to be different, but it’s not as easy to be different in a way that doesn’t seem gratuitous, random, or bizarre. We’re stuck … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · 12 Comments

Gatecrash — Part 3: Vive la différence

One pillar of the temple of creativity, to get Greek about it, is that the boldest practitioners dare to be different. And it takes όρχεις (as in cojones) to be … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 16 Comments

Gatecrash — Part 2: Craving creativity

What is creativity anyway? We all probably have different definitions, ranging from “the act of creating something” to “making real something derived from the imagination.” For me there’s also a … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 33 Comments

Gatecrash: Liberating creativity in the age of boilerplate fiction

  Last March I developed a long essay on the state of fiction these days, as I see it — particularly the fiction we associate with the indie market. It’s … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 60 Comments

Writing and introversion: a very private affair

Like so many writers, I’m a dyed-in-the-wool introvert. Not so long ago I read that the difference between introverts and extroverts is that extroverts get jazzed about public activities and … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · 7 Comments