Monthly Archives: September 2014

Short Break

Hi All! So I’m waiting on a few things, figuring out a few others, and all in all, stuck in a bit of limbo. Which means overall I don’t have much to say, other than the vague things I’ve said … Continue reading

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You’ve Got Politics in My Story!

For those of us who wish to write fun commercial stories, there may come a time when we ask: should politics be a part of our stories? To some extent, they always are. Your story may be advocating for or … Continue reading

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What We Read For

As I was reading the other day, I tried to think about what was driving me to keep reading—why was I interested? What was I looking forward to reaching in the story? I realized that what drives a story to … Continue reading

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The World is Not Enough

I’ve had this problem for a long time now—in fact, it’s always been a big part of my assertion that I’d actually rather be a worldbuilder. I have this entire world that I created… and no story to write in … Continue reading

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Exposition from the Other Side

Approaching your story as the author, one of the most difficult things to figure out is what your story will look like from the outside—from a reader who has no knowledge of your world. No matter how objective you attempt … Continue reading

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When Is It Ready to Be Read?

At some point, if your goal is to have other people read (and potentially even pay for) your work, you have to… actually let someone read it. Even though this was planned from the beginning of the project, it can … Continue reading

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Expectations versus Reality in Fiction Summaries

When we read the summary on the back of a book, or in a promotion for the book, or hear someone else talk about it—we instantly form a vague picture of what we expect the book to be. Hearing about … Continue reading

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