Compelling Antagonists

Compelling characters make a story go. For a while now, I’ve written about and referenced Ursula Le Guin and “The War Against,” highlighting my desire to tell stories that focus on the evolution and make up of my characters as opposed to some war they have been fighting for ages. In my novel The Forger, my protagonist, Theailys An, is tasked with stopping a creature called the Darkener from releasing the Origin and ending the world.  Continue reading “Compelling Antagonists”

Writing and Paying it Forward

Paying it forward is something I believe in as a writer. As a writer, I think we are obligated to provide a helping hand to those who are starting out, or maybe someone who is looking for advice. I am by no means a professional writer, but I have worked hard to hone my craft. I have taken creative writing classes, read books on the art, and listened to seasoned professionals talk about their approach to writing, whether it’s character creation, world building, or even how they break their story up. Continue reading “Writing and Paying it Forward”

Influence and Inspiration

Every writer that’s ever lived has been inspired by something, influenced by someone, and vice versa. I always find it interesting to hear from other authors who and what lit that spark for them, so I thought today I would share my own list.

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A Cave of Possibilities

Establishing a writing career is much like emerging from a cave, I think. I’ve been writing for 12 years, and I’ve had short stories published in a few magazines (for which I’m very thankful), and one of the many things I’ve learned is this: building your career is like a very long climb out of a dark cave. Continue reading “A Cave of Possibilities”

Putting a Story on Hold

I’m putting a story on hold. There, I’ve said it. To be more specific, I’m putting Sewn From Seeds (or whatever the current iteration is titled) on hold and it feels like finally ending a long relationship that’s fizzled out. I feel sad, but this is the right thing to do.

This has been a project of mine for the better part of six years. I’ve established a lot of lore, written some fantastic characters, and banged my head on the desk in frustration. As I’ve said, it feels like the end of a relationship. I tried to make it work as best I could, but it simply wasn’t meant to be. At least not now. I hope to revisit the story somewhere down the road, but for now, we both need a break from each other.

There were many reasons for this choice, and one of the biggest was trying to tie the story in to The Forger. It was tough and it was stressful at times, and at the end of the day I think I’m better off just leaving them separate. It was a grand idea in the beginning; it was a fun idea, but I think things are better this way.

‘Til next time, friends.

Let’s Talk About P.O.O.

Something of an Introduction

I’d like to talk about P.O.O. today.

Not that poo.

My P.O.O.—the Process of Outlining.

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Why Genre Fiction is Important (to Me)

Let me preface this by saying I have absolutely nothing against literary fiction (except, perhaps, the term itself; I believe all fiction is “literary”). I have read many fantastic stories in that category (The Silver Linings Playbook, The History of Love, The Hours, just to name a few), but genre fiction is what has always resonated with me.

But why?

There is a simple answer: because I like magic and monsters. Continue reading “Why Genre Fiction is Important (to Me)”