September 27, 2019

Working as an editor, I’ve read a LOT of amateur fiction and given lots of advice to aspiring writers. Over time, patterns start to emerge, and one of the most common issues sounds like the most obvious question in the world.

What the heck are you supposed to write?

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December 23, 2018

We've all written and read "Talking Wallpaper" dialogue. It mimics the chit-chat of every day conversation. 

"Hi there," Steve said.

"How's it going?" Bob replied.

"Oh, it's all right." 

Does this dialogue sound realistic? Yes. But is it enthralling, engaging, or rive...

December 11, 2018

It's been a while since we've done an edit, so it was high time! Both of the stories we read tonight were awesome, but both had some opportunities to develop conflict. Here are some of the warning signs of a scene that needs a little extra conflict and some options on...

July 20, 2018

After editing hundreds of stories, this remains one of the biggest challenges in prose that I see.  How to engage a reader through the scene from page one.  So often in speculative fiction (and even literary fiction) the first scene doesn't accomplish all the writer ne...

January 31, 2018

Ever have trouble setting up a world for your novel?  Wonder why people fall asleep during your prologues?  Well, this quick podcast on worldbuilding might be for you! 

Embark with us, fellow fantasy and sci-fi writers, on a journey through the perils of...

April 21, 2017

Just wrapped a quick edit with Dan Boss.  We talked about developing POV in stories, balancing interiority for characters, and we drank some whiskey.  I am quite sleepy, so won't expand too much here, but enjoy the video!

December 16, 2016

Hey all, 

Here's a paper I wrote on how to use the contrast and concert of the different voices of a novel (character / authorial / etc.) to help express your theme as best as possible.  

Here's a simple breakdown of what it's about: 

  • Having different voices, whether...

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