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The Craftsmanship Talk

We were meant to ruin our lives in service to art. That’s the price and the privilege. Continue reading

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Interview with Stella Atrium

I like to allow the characters to grow and see how each acts in a crisis or as and adult after some catastrophe. The characters are people to me, so I’m always returning to see what happens next. Continue reading

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Better Than Used to Be for Self-Publishers

It used to be that a self-promoter expended time and treasure and never reached the intended audience. Listed are a few memories that are burned into my mind. Continue reading

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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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