Fresh from the blog!
At the moment I’m doing a bit of research around how things work on Amazon. That feels smart since it’s likely I’ll be selling my work there. It also occurred to me that there’s some value in keeping watch on the top 10 sellers in Amazon's fantasy section. Yes, yes, I know it’s not all about the money. We do this for the love of writing, right? But it’d also be nice to eat while loving to write.
May 10, 2016
Now that you're knee-deep in creature design, you'll have to name the thing. And good names are hard to come by. Kinda. This is my process for naming things.
April 6, 2016
One of my favorite things about writing Fantasy stories is creature design. So, I thought I'd put together a few writing tips about, well, designing creatures. What do I mean? Well, Goblins exist because someone else took on the effort to create them. If you want to make new creatures, you have to not only think them up, but you also have to name them. That's Creature Design. If you're a writer, the art is optional.
March 15, 2016
A few thoughts about why I write, and why hiring a ghostwriter isn't a thing I do.
March 6, 2016
In a previous article, I encroached on the concept of encroaching on someone else’s story. (That last bit about the cave and the coin.) And I thought it might be worth a followup about the theme of similarity.
February 15, 2016
Sometimes the things we write aren't perfect and we need a different perspective.
January 28, 2016
Last night as I was putting my daughter to bed, I asked her what kind of a story she wanted. "I want a Star Wars story," she said.
December 24, 2015
One of the first metaphors I ever learned was that of weather and climate. I think it’s that way for a lot of people because of how readily available the comparison is.
December 16, 2015
One of my biggest pet-peeves in stories is the use of a character to drive the plot the wrong way. You’ll notice it from time to time, if you’re watching for it. It goes like this: an author writes a character one way for the majority of the plot, then, they just change that character. It throws the character under the bus.
August 6, 2015