My Outlining Process/Writing Method: That of a Shaper

So much has been written and said about novel outlined over the years that I had, until recently, never considered it worthwhile to do so myself, beyond occasionally mentioning that I did outline my books–with fairly lengthy outlines. To start off, I’m sure most of you have heard of the gardener vs architect (or pantser…

On Heroes, and “Flaws”

A recent post by Rawle Nyanzi on virtuous heroes and how they have been attacked and maligned by many in recent times got me thinking about both heroes, and the somewhat more broad topic of main characters. Specifically, as the title suggests, the obsession with character flaws. I remember seeing so much discussion of this…

Some Thoughts on Writing Sequels

(Note: I will do my utmost not to spoil anything from A Greater Duty, book 1 in the series, for anyone who has yet to read it, but it is possible that due to the fact that I am talking about the sequel, there may be some minor spoilers.) It’s important, for a writer, to regularly…

Clarity Over Cleverness, the Key to Fun Stories

I’d like to share an excellent post by Brian Niemeier, which itself is sharing and replying to another great article by Daddy Warpig over on the Castalia House blog. The gist of the longer article is encapsulated in Brian’s post. Clarity over cleverness. As Brian points out, the science fiction genre has fallen from being…