So You Want to Be a Writer

So You Want to Be a Writer

With the ever-increasing ease of self-publishing, more and more people are becoming writers. Most are doing it on the side of some other occupation, with no intention of ever taking on writing as a full-time career. But many are looking to cut lo… read more

Why Science Fantasy Works

Why Science Fantasy Works

I hear the question come up every once in a while: “Can I write fantasy set in a sci-fi universe?”

There seems to be some cognitive dissonance involved with the meeting of these two genres, and it comes down to preconceptions about what each r… read more

Series Mentality

Series Mentality

Write one book, and you can feel confident in calling yourself an author. Write three, and you might make a career out of it yet. Write a dozen, interconnected and following a common thread of over-arching plot, and you just might be a fantasy auth… read more
Readers Are Rectangles; Writers Are Squares

Readers Are Rectangles; Writers Are Squares

All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares.

Take¬†that axiom from grade-school math class and replace “squares” with “writers” and “rectangles” with “readers.” It holds just as true. There is no supplier-customer relationshi… read more

Worldbuilding: the Gift that Keeps on Taking

Worldbuilding: the Gift that Keeps on Taking

“I’m working on a story, but I’m stuck on the worldbuilding.”

I’ve heard some variant of this enough times that I felt the need to do something.¬†Worldbuilding doesn’t come first. It’s like being unable to decide on the house you want to buy be… read more