Novel Lessons 4: Stalking the Beast

Monday, June 18, 2018

After delivering a draft of The Bones of the Old Ones and while waiting upon editorial comments I wrote my second Pathfinder novel, Stalking the Beast. And while it…

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Updated Hard Writing Lesson: Word Count

Monday, June 11, 2018

I’ve run out of time to write a lengthy essay this morning about my fourth book, so I’ll resume that series of essays next week. Today I thought…

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Writing Notecards

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sometimes I re-learn writing lessons without pain. Or maybe I should say sometimes what I know is a good writing technique gets confirmed, because I actually remember to…

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Novel Lessons 3: The Bones of the Old Ones

Monday, June 4, 2018

Three weeks ago I mentioned that it had taken me a year, writing in my spare time, to create the first Dabir and Asim novel, The Desert of…

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Novel Lessons 2: Plague of Shadows

Monday, May 28, 2018

Maybe I should label this novel as “2.5” because I’d started my second Dabir and Asim novel, The Bones of the Old Ones, before I set to work…

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Language Use

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My friend Troy asked the other day about my ” ideas on usage of language – how you change it per the setting and world you are writing in,…

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Submission Reading

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

When I stepped up to be the Managing Editor of Black Gate, I started running a live journal. It seems hard to believe that was already so long…

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Novel Lessons 1: The Desert of Souls

Friday, May 18, 2018

I’d like to think that I learn a little more about writing with every book, and I thought that it might be useful to my fellow writers if…

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Writing Observations: Backstory

Thursday, May 17, 2018

I finished reading a slim, hardboiled novel the other day of 142 pages and marveled again about how much story these good writers from the ’50s could cram…

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Celebration

Monday, January 22, 2018

I’ve written of the power of Robert E. Howard’s prose any number of times, and I’m sure that there’s more that could be said, and that will be…

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