Tick Tock… Time as a Writer’s Ally

Tempus fugit. I've been enjoying a few of my favorite films recently and noticed a common pattern. The use of time as a controlling element. When we build worlds and stories as author we are conscious of the passage of time, yet I wonder how often we are intentional about using time to keep our … Continue reading Tick Tock… Time as a Writer’s Ally

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Once Upon A Time….

Once... Once upon a time, there was an orphan princess. She was a prisoner in a dark tower. After much cunning and bravery, she escaped and was rescued. Once upon a time, there was a broken knight who defended the helpless at great cost. He stood when many fled and was changed. Once there was … Continue reading Once Upon A Time….

Why Are There So Many Big Walls in Fantasy Novels?

Thank you. This concept has been unsettling to me, and I needed some outside thoughts to clarify my opinion and thinking. And naturally, as a writer, I want to write about a BAW (big @$$ wall) in every one of my stories. Maybe it’s a virus that needs inoculation?

A. C. Spahn

Image source http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/The_Wall

I’ve just started reading Sabriel by Garth Nix. I’m not far into it enough to comment on the story’s overall quality, but I came across something early on.

The land is divided.

By a big-ass wall.

Separating the north from the south.

And now I’m finally asking somebody to explain to me: Why do we keep writing about this?

What is our collective obsession with giant mounds of stone and dirt forming stretch marks across the landscape?

In A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, we have a huge wall dividing the frozen north from the cultivated south of Westeros.

In Codex Alera by Jim Butcher, we have a huge wall dividing the frozen north from the cultivated south of Alera. We have another wall dividing the Marat lands in the north from the Calderon Valley in the south.

In Lord of the…

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The Girl & The Golden Mirror, Ascent of the Fallen update, and more!

I'd apologize for the delay in posting, but let's call a spade a spade: I'm awful at consistently blogging, and I've been buckling down in some other areas. One of my life mantras: This or that. We're just not built to be great multi-taskers! First, exciting announcement #1: The Girl and the Golden Mirror is … Continue reading The Girl & The Golden Mirror, Ascent of the Fallen update, and more!

Shooting The Devil: Strategy, Tactics, and Tips For Crafting Compelling Combat in Your Novel

I've had this post in the wings for a while, trying to "strategerize" how best to communicate the message. Guest post? Breaking it up into smaller bits? New website? I figured it was worth getting something out there for now, and I may revisit the content in different forms later. This is primarily written for … Continue reading Shooting The Devil: Strategy, Tactics, and Tips For Crafting Compelling Combat in Your Novel