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What If – Magic-Killers had their own Masquerade?

One writing exercise I've used for the longest time is to take fifteen or thirty minutes after every novel I read to cobble together some thoughts...

For Lynn

A friend died last weekend. Lynn Ward had been a part of our writers group for years. From the beginning she’d been insightful and honest about...

That Ultimate Buffy Scene – Willow’s Long Walk

What does storytelling mean to me? Sometimes, I have to look back at the tales that make me glad to play in the writers’ sandbox. The...

Why Wonder Woman is finally the Strongest Superhero (too)

So starting this week Wonder Woman is the ultimate superhero. We should have seen it coming. Not just the movie’s pedigree; was it really a surprise...

Video Gamers as Writers – Twitching Our Way Into Character

Some writers hone their skills by a mix of soaking up lessons from the masters and researching specifics, from history to sentence structure. I’ve done all...

Grappling with the Superhero Grapnel

How much of a comics nerd am I? I grumble about heroes’ grappling guns being unrealistic… at least for the superheroes that are claiming to be possible....

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Life’s A Pitch – the Quiet Writer and the Book Fair

It's one of the more humbling moments of writing. Sitting at a live event—yesterday it was the huge Los Angeles Times Festival of Books—and watching so...

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A Writer’s Confession: Kvothe’s Ballad

The following is a confession I wrote to myself some Easters ago after a session of reading, that I realize I'd never shared with this blog....

The High Road

Flying Free – get The High Road FREE Through April 21

It’s a strange feeling, taking a book I’ve written and offering it for no charge. After all my months of cramped weekends, all the times I...

Who’s On First – A Character System for Variety in Scenes

Are you using all your story? All the characters, all the possibilities and combinations that a tale has ready to unleash? On the one hand, it’s...

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Been There Done That? Similar Problems with Writing Similar Scenes

There are stories that rely on their central concept to shape much of their plot into their favorite kind of sequence, and try to make it...

Doctor Strange vs Iron Man movies – Beating Hearts and Blind Eyes

How could the coolest, most unique thing about a Marvel movie turn out to be the worst thing? Maybe because it was all that happened in...

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