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Dispatches from the Desk: A life of their own: characters (antagonists) with depth

You’ve heard writers say their characters take on a life of their own. You’ve probably heard writers grumble about how their darn people took over the story and changed what they intended to happen. You’ve probably also heard other writers … Continue reading

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Marakand: The Leopard – Epic Fantasy or Sword and Sorcery, Part Two: Let’s call it Character-Driven Epic Fantasy?

I write out of a character in a situation; that’s nearly always the starting point, and if the character isn’t working, the story dies. I can’t seem to say, ‘This is the world and this is the plot,’ create the … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Desk: The Joy of Cartography

I’ve been reading assorted histories, books on archaeology, architecture, and the like, and scribbling notes about characters as they begin to appear to me, but I’ve suddenly hit the point where all that has achieved enough solidity to need something … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the desk: Skeleton – Map – Outline?

On not getting lost in the wilderness of writing without an outline or Why this next book is going to have a skeleton to hang its story on, even though outlines stifle me or It’s not so stifling if I … Continue reading

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Fair Isle, Novels, and Outlines: Orchestrating a War, Designing a Sweater

I’m between novels at the moment, resting my brain a bit, but doing a lot of reading and research towards the next. I’m also plotting a Fair Isle sweater. I don’t write with outlines, but sweaters don’t work that way. … Continue reading

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