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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...

a writer's confession

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...

variety of scenes

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...

The Long-Running Series Part 2 – Other “Easy” Lessons from Role-Playing Games

Lesson Three: Room to Grow Half the secrets of a long-running game or story (as I blogged last time) might be simply making it the best...

The Long-Running Series – Two of Four “Easy” Lessons from Role-Playing Games

(Reality check: This is written in the aftermath of the Great Los Angeles Rainstorm—and yes, this week that’s reality. All part of preparing to venture forth...

Severus Snape

Loose Cannons can Lose Your Canon – WHEN Should You Shake Up Your Characters?

Why would a story that rips forward at light-speed pace take a whole first season for what seemed like ordinary short-term TV conflicts? When Babylon 5...

Babylon 5’s One Key to Character Arcs

One way. There just might be one irresistible way to track and reveal how a character evolves—and make the most of how that arc drives the...

Writing a Character Arc – Through Other Characters

If the heart of a story is the conflicts it puts a character through, and especially the choices he has to make… could there be a...

The High Road

The High Road’s Book Trailer

I love book trailers… but I hate videos, or at least how easily they can end up padding themselves out without a real reason for the...

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