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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...
Writer’s block

Writer’s block

I just experienced, and conquered, my first “writer’s block.” Much has been written about the phenomenon, but I thought I could add my own experience and thoughts about it. Some writers will tell you that writer’s block doesn’t exist....
Revising on Kindle

Revising on Kindle

When you’re writing the first draft of your novel, there are a few schools of thought out there regarding revising. Many authors recommend not revising at all, instead plowing through your entire first draft from beginning to end. This, they argue, ensures you...

Of words and word counts

Words. They are what we writers do, the end result of our efforts, the outpouring of our psyches. The quality of your words and the order in which they appear combine to make your final product, your story, your book. But this post is not about which words you use....