How I Teach Drafting Papers

A Bookshelf of Writing Books

On the first day of the semester in my University Writing class, I ask my students to generate a research question and to ask as many of their fellow students the question before the class ends. The question can be anything: best place for pizza in town, favorite ice cream flavor, what to watch on … Read more How I Teach Drafting Papers

A Formula for Epic Fantasy

Recently, I’ve been mulling over a 3-part formula for epic fantasy. It focuses on broad plotting in fantasy series versus micro plotting. Here’s the formula: Individual Community Globe Book 1, or the beginning of the fantasy series, focuses on the individual hero(ine) and their conflict. The hero(ine) discovers they’re different, or they’re given a task, … Read more A Formula for Epic Fantasy

Finding the will to create when everything feels like it’s falling apart

A lot of people are feeling pain, frustration, and anger right now. And that’s okay. We need to feel these things. While strong emotions sometimes fuel creativity, it can also stunt it. I’ve collected quotes from books lying around my house, quotes about finding hope, rediscovering creativity, and why creativity is needed when things look the bleakest. Feel … Read more Finding the will to create when everything feels like it’s falling apart

Reading Railroad: October’s Reading

Everything I read in October. I made up for the slow reading in September last month! Novels Except the Queen by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder. Published in 2010. Adult fantasy. Two fae sisters, Meteora and Serana, happen upon the Fairy Queen with a mortal man and their child tucked away safe in the grass. They flee … Read more Reading Railroad: October’s Reading

Writing from Experience, or Exploring Something New

Several friends and I have recently discussed whether writers can and should write outside their experience. For me, becoming someone else, experiencing the world through different ways of perceiving, is what makes writing a joy. But my friends argue that only those who have experienced something can write truly about it, and that the best … Read more Writing from Experience, or Exploring Something New

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