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Top 10 Best Sellers in Amazon Fantasy – May 9, 2016

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

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Creature Design: Naming Your Creature

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

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Creature Design: Creating or Using Existing Creatures

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

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Ghostwriter, Ghostwriting Ghosts

A few thoughts about why I write, and why hiring a ghostwriter isn't a thing I do.

March 6, 2016

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Similarity in Writing. Or, “How Close is Too Close?”

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

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Terrible Plot, Critique, and Taking Advice

Sometimes the things we write aren't perfect and we need a different perspective.

January 28, 2016

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Tell Me a Star Wars Story

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

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Metaphor: Seasons and Weather

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

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Character Design: Writing Consistent Characters

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

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The Imaginary Interview

As we were driving home from Disney World I thought to myself, “how could I land a job writing for Disney?” My wife and daughter were both zonked out as I drove into the late hours, and that gave me about four hours to think.

August 5, 2015