An Author is a Ventriloquist

An Author is a Ventriloquist

‘Never let the audience see your lips move.’ To a ventriloquist, this seems like obvious advice. But to an author, it can be equally valuable. Part of the conceit of a ventriloquist’s act is the belief that the dummy is real. It has a voice of its...
3 Tips to Remove Yourself From Your Dialogue

3 Tips to Remove Yourself From Your Dialogue

Have you ever read a book where every character sounds the same? How about one where the main character has a set of beliefs that they work into every conversation? You might be noticing signs of an unfortunate foible of writers: injecting themselves into their...
The 3 P’s That Will Help Your Writing Career

The 3 P’s That Will Help Your Writing Career

More people want careers in writing than actually have them. Many are trying to bridge the gap between wanting and having. There is no magic formula (though if you can manage to catch lightning in a bottle, it couldn’t hurt), but there are things that will help...
Crazy Fandom

Crazy Fandom

There is something admirable in taking something to its fullest extent, then saying to yourself, “no, that’s still not quite far enough.” I was reminded of this recently when a fan presented Brandon Sanderson with a homemade shardblade, a weapon from...