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Rules of the Writer

A bubble of thought That drives pen to paper And finger to key Is the first step To a world of freedom And coiling restrictions * Voices ring out Do this Not that Follow this And follow that One negates … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Following the ‘Rules’ of Writing

With such a maze out there, we can never tell what we should or should not do until we attract someone’s wrath.  I’m here to give you a few tips to navigate this maze with the least amount of stress. … Continue reading

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The ‘Rules’ of Writing: Real or Choose Your Own Adventure?

“Kill your darlings!” “No prologues!” “Show, don’t tell!” “Only use ‘say/says/said’!” “You must eliminate 80% of your first draft!” I’m sure we’ve all heard these or variations over the course of our writing careers.  Some of us have used these … Continue reading

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Do the Dawn Fangs Have Laws?

Occasionally, a question comes up that I want to answer on the blog.  Not always from other people like this time.  I realized I haven’t really talked about the laws of Nytefall, which come into play a lot in War of … Continue reading

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2017 Top 5: #4- Why Not Write About the Writing Craft?

This post originally went live on August 21. A lot of author blogs focus on the writing craft and make posts about tenses, grammar, plot creation, genre, and other topics.  Others go into the nuances of Amazon, marketing, and whatever … Continue reading

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Why Not Write About the Writing Craft?

A lot of author blogs focus on the writing craft and make posts about tenses, grammar, plot creation, genre, and other topics.  Others go into the nuances of Amazon, marketing, and whatever else comes after you hit ‘PUBLISH’.  These are … Continue reading

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Curse of Poetry 101

I have to confess to something.  I had another post planned about Odd Obstacles in adventures, but I couldn’t figure what I was talking about.  Instead, I wandered around my files and found this poem from 2011.  It was part … Continue reading

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Throwback Post: These Are Not Rules of Fantasy

I’m drawing out a popular post from July 4, 2014.  I’m still standing by this, but a year hasn’t even passed.  As usual, I don’t edit these when I put them back up for another look.  I might be doing … Continue reading

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These Are Not Rules of Fantasy

A big headache for genre writing is that nearly every reader has their own set of rules about how that genre should work.  They have their favorite authors and all others get compared to those ‘elite’.  Any deviation is met … Continue reading

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Fly in the Ointment

It only takes one To make a mess of all that is A solitary being Not always with a malice core Who knocks the whole world down So all must suffer full Fingers of fire point around Anger rising beyond … Continue reading

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