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Broadway in review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Broadway in review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This post is part of my “Broadway in Review” series, where I explore shows on and off Broadway, including national tours and out-of-town engagements. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Original Broadway Cast) I wish I had seen this in London. This one is...
Broadway in review: Dear Evan Hansen

Broadway in review: Dear Evan Hansen

This post is part of my “Broadway in Review” series, where I explore shows on and off Broadway, including national tours and out-of-town engagements. Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast) Wow. What an incredible piece of theatre. This is why we go to...
Broadway in review: Anastasia

Broadway in review: Anastasia

This post is part of my “Broadway in Review” series, where I explore shows on and off Broadway, including national tours and out-of-town engagements. Anastasia (Original Broadway Cast) This show has a great cast, but it’s a dud from a writing...
The beauty of fractal arcs

The beauty of fractal arcs

My epic urban fantasy series, THE PRIME SAGA, originally consisted of three books at about 250k words each. (That’s pretty long.) This is the story of how I split them in half (and added two more), ending up with eight ~120k word books. I invented a term for it...
Story development

Story development

Ah, process. Some people live by it. But most writers I meet, especially amateur writers, hate process. I’m a software engineer by trade—and I approach writing very professionally—so process is a very important part of things for me. Here, we’ll explore my...
Revision! Every author’s [least] favorite thing

Revision! Every author’s [least] favorite thing

This past year I’ve done a lot of writing, but I’ve also been heavily focused on revision. I hate revision, but it’s a necessary evil in this business. So I thought it might be interesting to talk about some of the techniques I’ve developed....
In praise of thriller pacing

In praise of thriller pacing

John picked up the gun and checked the chamber—full, of course. Anna hadn’t had time to get a shot off. But what had happened? His head was whirling. He couldn’t make sense of anything. So he did the only thing he could do: he headed for the door at the...
Sometimes you can skip the worldbuilding

Sometimes you can skip the worldbuilding

There are three primary things that go into making a novel: character, setting, and plot. The prewriting process is where you design out all of those things before you begin putting words to paper. Authors are all over the map on how exactly they do this. Brandon...
Breaking the outline

Breaking the outline

Sometimes your characters say or do something you didn’t expect. Every writer falls into a spectrum between “architects” and “gardeners” (also called plotters and pantsers). On the left we have writers who thoroughly outline everything...