Published authors give lots of advice to aspiring writers, but universal among that advice is this: You have to read a lot, and you have to read widely. Reading Within Genre My initial response to this advice was…immature at best. I was working on the first draft of my novel, back in high school, when I decided that all the classic literature I had been assigned would fit the bill, and that I would stop reading sci-fi and fantasy altogether so that no one would ever accuse me of stealing my ideas from other genre authors. That meant, in 1999, I gave up Sword of Shannara, from which I had been learning the rules of world-building. I stopped reading Harry Potter, which had been teaching me which reader expectations could be broken, and which could be reinvented. I abandoned my beloved Star Trek serial novels and The Wheel of Time, which were teaching me how characters can develop over a
While I’ve posted before about the benefits of visual character design upon writing–even quick sketches and color palettes can help
I recently heard back from the Writers of the Future contest, and, alas, I did not place. Looking at my
Ann Leckie might look docile, but her ideas are anything but. She made this abundantly clear yesterday during a Q&A
Over the past two months, I conceptualized, planned, researched, and wrote a dime novel. It’s about 40,000 words, or at
I am by nature a descriptive writer. I like to think about conversations between characters, world building exercises, moments of
I am writing this post in response to an excellent question from my Uncle Raul. He wondered… “When an author
Round about 1998 or so, my brothers and I started playing Chrono Trigger. If you haven’t played this RPG, I
When I was in high school, I loathed chemistry. This had nothing to do with the instructor. In fact, Mrs.
(Ha HAH…multiple entendre…) So, I wanted to wait to post again until I had the official results from my exams.