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Genre Crossroads

I hear it, time and time again. Don’t mix your genres. Pick a genre, stick with it. You won’t find a way to effectively market something without a clear genre. But how to do anything new if one has to limit oneself thus? I’ve noticed a trend in my stories, …

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

As part of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, I was tagged by Ingrid Diaz in her post last week. The purpose of this hop is to introduce readers to writers and works that might be unfamiliar. This includes new releases or Works in Progress (WIP).  This is week 26 …

NaNoWhatsIt

November is that time of year when people, still recovering from their sugar comas, undertake a thing known as National Novel Writing Month. I did this once, in 2008, and got a good head start on a novel that I’m still toying with. But it was only because at the …

Wow, his version of feminism is AWESOME!

I Love Women

As a fiction author, occupying various different minds is part of daily life. On any given day I become a werewolf, a teenager, a goddess, a warrior, or a wizard. I’ve never been a wizard, but I have the advantage of not being unique in that limitation. How many wizards …

The Home Stretch

I realised the other day that I’ve been updating my LiveJournal pretty often, and I’ve neglected this blog. If you’re on LJ, you can follow me at http://elven-wolf.livejournal.com, but for the moment I am attempting to keep both blogs updated at once. (Thank you, Windows Live Writer!) Among other goings-on, …

What is this sorcery?

I was rating things on goodreads, you know, because I need more books to read. (I really don’t, but I have a problem.) I came across a book by ‘Richard Castle’. I asked myself, ‘Richard Castle? Is Richard the first name of the guy on Castle? I can’t remember…’ I …

Worldbuilding: Doing It Wrong

Worldbuilding is one of my favourite aspects of writing fiction. I love playing with the what ifs of history, inventing new civilisations and interesting lands. Normally, I spend months putting everything together even as I write, but with my current work in progress I now realise I cheated. I didn’t …

The Place Where Dreams Live

My writing process is very straightforward, if anything about fantasy fiction can be described as such. A novel is born out of a character’s biggest fear or desire, which is usually gleaned from a single concept, image, or question. I usually know what the story’s about and who the character …

Rewriting and the Art of Emotional Manipulation

Some writers love the revision/rewrite process. Some loathe it. Some grow too big for their britches and skip it altogether, then shit all over the Amazon.com comment pages when called out on it. But most will say that rewriting is a necessity. No matter how brilliant your first draft may …

I believe in vogons

If you’d asked me two months ago what the worst thing about unemployment would be, I may have answered with ‘economic uncertainty’, ‘shame’, or ‘lack of health insurance’. After a month of unemployment, I can honestly say the worst part is the paperwork. I’ve lost track of how many forms …

The Hell You’re In vs. The Hell You Fear

In writing my Young Adult novel, Terra Paradox, I have reached into my own past, trying to uncover what little I do remember of being young. It hasn’t been an easy process, as much of my past remains a mystery even to me. But there is one thing that I’m …

Re: Evil

Between my last update and getting back to work on my YA novella, I began to think about evil. As a general rule, genre fiction is driven by the need to overcome an antagonist. The nature of evil has been explored ad nauseam. As a writer, I tend to lean …

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