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”

Writer Resources 6: Writing Groups

Welcome to Writer Resources 6, my long overdue post about writing groups and their importance. For many years, when I was first starting out, I harbored a great aversion to writing groups. My mom would always suggest that I go to one in Los Angeles, as that was the closest one to me at the time, and I remember very clearly saying, verbatim, “I prefer to write by myself.” Continue reading “Writer Resources 6: Writing Groups”

The Madness of Ending a Story

I like to call it a fever. Something that starts slowly and, by the end, has bloomed into a bout of full-fledged madness. This is what happens to me when it comes to ending a story and I’m at my deadline. I’m more or less pacing myself with The Walker and the Doe as I draw to its close, but I wanted to take some time to reflect on the night I finished the first draft of The Forger. Continue reading “The Madness of Ending a Story”

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.

Trash: It’s Actually Treasure

The age-old saying for writers is that we should never throw anything away.

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I agree. But in case you’ve written something you think is complete and utter shit, I advise you to read along…just for a bit. Continue reading “Trash: It’s Actually Treasure”