Category Archives: Editing and Revision

The Art of the Short Story with Paul Genesse

This month I attended a lecture presented by the animated and hilarious Paul Genesse, editor of the Crimson Pact Anthology series and author of the Iron Dragon series.  In this lecture we learned the ins and outs of how to … Continue reading

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Debate: Linear vs. Non-Linear Writing

There are several debates when it comes to drafting a novel. The most well-known debate is usually between plotters and pantsers. Plotters being those who outline and plan each chapter in advance and pantsers being those who wing it and … Continue reading

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Problems with being a Pantser

There are two camps when it comes to first drafts, the planner camp and the pantser camp.  Planners have all the details of their story figured out before they start and pantsers start with one or two great ideas and … Continue reading

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Odd Writer Terminology: Deus ex Machina

This installment of Odd Writer Terminology comes from a literary device that’s as old as the ancient Greek tragedies, deus ex machina.  This is when a problem in a story is solved by improbable means.  In modern writing it is … Continue reading

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Editing is like dentistry

  I had my regular dental check-up last week and with it the dreaded cleaning.  Even though I take good care of my smile, the hygenist always finds something to scrape and poke.  It hurts and I hate it.  Every … Continue reading

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Writing Update

It’s been a few months since I’ve posted an update and lots of work has been done since then.  In the last update I had been struggling with making ends meet when I removed a redundant character and replaced him … Continue reading

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One thing led to Another…

I’m a long time fan of the comedian Brian Regan and love his style and sarcasm.   Earlier this year we attended his show, “The Epitome of Hyperbole” and he did a routine about the phrase, “One thing led to … Continue reading

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

My fellow fantasy blogging friend Christina Hawthorn asked me to join the writing process blog tour and I’d like to thank her for this terrific opportunity. Blog tours are such a treat and I love meeting new bloggers and readers.  Christina … Continue reading

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Update: Stonebearer’s Betrayal

These last few weeks I’ve buckled down and been working through a draft of my novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal.  I’ve finally reached the phase where the story has taken its final shape and now it’s a matter of making all the … Continue reading

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Seven Point Story Structure, the Ninja of the Writing World

I had the chance to tune in to Dan Wells series of YouTube videos on seven point story structure and learned a lot about the finer points of its ins and outs.  It really is the ninja of the writing … Continue reading

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