Editing Hacks: for the beginning writer

I wrote my first complete novel in 2012. It took two years for me to realize that what I thought was good writing, was actually, well, not so good. Oh, it wasn’t that the plot was uninteresting, or the premise was untenable, or even that the characters weren’t deep or well-drawn. It was the mechanics…

2020 Reads that Upped my Writing Game

2020 was a banner year for my reading habit. At least it was good for something, right? I read/listened to 152 books this past year, a new record for me. If you’re a voracious reader and you don’t keep track of the books you read, I highly recommend you start. It’s gratifying to look back…

Building Fantasy Worlds – from the Experts

In the last blog post I wrote about my own world-building efforts for my fantasy novel. In this post, I want to share some insights from the experts and masters of the fantasy craft. These are experts according to my taste. Some of you may disagree, but I believe their success speaks for itself. Let’s…