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Love/Hate Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe inspired me to write when I was younger, and by example expanded my courage to take chances for breaking the rules and following my characters into new territory. But his stories also make me pull my hair out, like he betrays the reader after so carefully gaining her trust. Do you have a similar frustration with Wolfe or with a favorite author? Continue reading

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Uses for Magic are like Playing Chess

Some writers have stepped past the stage of fun with magic and use the presence of characters with magic to drive the plot. These writers are similar to chess players who have studied some famous chess strategies and want to employ them in a match. One rule of thumb to recognize this type of writer is that the magic is similar from one series to the next – because the strategies are similar. Continue reading

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On Writing a Fantasy Series

What happened to me was that a section of Book III blossomed into its own story line with a new narrator who I could not resist, so the plan to “wrap up” the story in three books is abused. Continue reading

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Process Frustration

I have found that discussing craftsmanship with fellow artists, some from tangent disciplines, helps with articulating method, constraints, signals for poor choices, finding satisfaction, learning from finished products, avoiding bad critiques. Continue reading

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The Self-Styled Reviewer

Act as a confidant to the reader. What will she like if you pass along the book to her. “Don’t read this story on Sunday because you’ll be up all night and miss work the next day.” Continue reading

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