Clearly if you've been reading the blog, you know about my love for Tolkien. I also love Jim Butcher, Brent Weeks, Roger Zelazny and C.S. Lewis. And yet, as I read through How to Write the Breakout Novel, I am seeing why I love them. The worlds are real, tangible. The stakes are high and … Continue reading Worldbuilding…and Conflict
Inspiration is well...fickle. But when it arrives, you can't get enough. You write and the time just sails by. It's glorious. You are merely a conduit for the words spilling out on the page. And then---inspiration leaves. She gathers up her things and before you can say "thank you ma'am," she's already vanished. No fanfare, … Continue reading Inspiration vs. Perspiration
When I write, I feel like a fly on the wall. I spy on other people in another world, recording their conversations, their thoughts, their actions. They are as real in my mind's eye as the people I encounter when I stand on line in the grocery store. I recently spoke with a few other … Continue reading Fly On The Wall
I've been very busy over the last year or so, working on the fantasy novel that I've wanted to write since high school. Some of it is still recognizable from its original incarnation, and some has changed greatly. But that's to be expected: as I've grown more experienced, my characters have grown richer and more … Continue reading Writing—A lost art?