“Leave It To Reader”: How Often Should You?

  I’ve mentioned this topic on numerous occasions before today–usually not positively. With this in mind I should clarify that I don’t consider the reader’s imagination some heinous devilry to subvert or an annoyance holding back my genius. You can’t write a working story without it. At the end of the day it’s the reader’s […]

Creating From Spite: A Dangerous Primer

I doubt it’s a secret to anyone who frequents this blog, with its digi-sword framing and intermittent edge-bursts, that I harbor more than a little spite towards some writing and even some other writers–a double dose for myself on both counts. I feel no guilt for admitting this; many creators drive themselves with gnawing emotions […]

Before Writing Fantasy, Read Some History

This is one of those topics I drift back to every so often over the years, and I never quite feel I’ve sold the idea. So: something in you, writers aspirant, may rebel immediately at hearing I want you to research for your fantasy. “It’s fantasy! Why do I need to research just to make […]