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Category Archives: Writing
Cover reveal for The Fire Seer: coming later this summer!
Before Assassin’s Gambit finaled in the Golden Heart and was picked up by Penguin, I wrote a book called Flood and Fire. This was a fantasy/romance/mystery hybrid set around 2600 BCE in a fantasy re-imagination of the Indus Valley Civilization, … Continue reading
Exploring the idea of a strong heroine in Spy’s Honor
Note: I originally posted this on the Epic Fantasy Romance blog. I’m reposting here so that those of you who don’t read that blog can see it. What do you imagine when you think of a strong heroine in fiction? … Continue reading
Posted in Fantasy, Writing Tagged Assassin's Gambit, hearts and thrones, rhianne, spy's honor, strong heroine, vitala Leave a comment
Writing technique: let it percolate
I recently had the experience of writing a 26,000 word novella in one month. That’s fast for me because it normally takes me six months to write a 100,000 word novel. A novella is one quarter the length, so it … Continue reading
Posted in Writing Tagged let it percolate, novella, writing 2 Comments
Writing technique: the Rule of Three
The Rule of Three is one of the oldest writing techniques–it turns up in old stories over and over again. The Rule of Three states that events should happen in groups of three. These events should follow this pattern: establish … Continue reading
Posted in Writing Tagged fairy tales, rule of three, writing techniques 8 Comments
Time management for writers — a follow-up post
Last week I blogged about Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ technique of setting a timer for three hours at the beginning of her writing day and letting it run only when she is actively writing, not doing research or email or Facebook. … Continue reading
Posted in Writing Tagged prince's fire, time management, writing 16 Comments
Time management for writers
First a quick administrative update: I turned in the manuscript for Prince’s Fire last week! That is book three in my series. I’m talking with my agent and editor about what to work on next. It will either be a … Continue reading
Posted in Writing Tagged nora roberts, process, susan elizabeth phillips, time management, writing 8 Comments
What’s wrong with the SFWA
Many of you may be aware of the recent kerfuffle in the SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) re: gender issues. If you’re not familiar, here’s an article that will give you the gist: Old Men Yelling at … Continue reading
Posted in Fantasy, Writing Tagged sfwa 17 Comments
The last ten percent
One of my sons is a fairly serious piano player. Not serious as in “going to be a concert pianist someday” but as in “takes lessons from a high level instructor, practices daily, and doesn’t suck.” From observing his experience, … Continue reading
History for the fantasy buff: werewolves and vampires
There are some interesting ideas about monsters in history in Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters, by Matt Kaplan. Monsters from the ancient and medieval eras were primarily large pedators. Think the Nemean Lion or the Calydonian … Continue reading
Posted in Fantasy, History, Writing Tagged fantasy, history, vampires, werewolves, zombies 12 Comments
History for the fantasy buff: fossils and storytelling
Say you lived in ancient times and you walked to the top of a mountain. There, you were astonished to find fossils of seashells and various marine creatures. What explanation would you come up so that your find made sense? … Continue reading