Writing Conference Scenes

Friday, December 13, 2013

When you’re writing a scene where characters discuss the plan — no matter if it’s how to pull off the heist or how to save the ship, or…

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On Dialogue Tags PLUS Bells for the Dead

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The fourth of four parts of my short story, “Bells for the Dead,” is now live over at the Paizo site. You can find the whole thing by…

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Bells for the Dead

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I’ve either been very busy doing family things or very busy relaxing for the last few days, so I’ve made no time for updates even though I’ve got…

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Leveling Up

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Look at that — part 2 of my 4-part short story, featuring Lisette from Stalking the Beast, just went live. I hope you’ll drop by and take a…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Three quick things today, as I’m picking up more and more speed on the current project and don’t want to step away from it for too long. First,…

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More on Character Strengths and Weaknesses

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

As long as we’re on the subject of reading outside the genre, I want to point once more to an excellent, excellent essay about the structure of adventure…

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Reading Outside the Genre

Monday, November 18, 2013

I used to get advice about how I needed to read outside my genre, and I didn’t. I used to get advice about studying other writers for technique,…

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Character Design, Part 2

Friday, November 15, 2013

My friend Mick wrote in the other day on the site and told me he’d “love to hear more theory about how you pick weaknesses and flaws and…

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Link Day

Thursday, November 14, 2013

My absence this week has all been due to keeping up the homestead and working away on writing deadlines. I have a lot more writing pointers to discuss,…

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Character Design, Part 1

Friday, November 8, 2013

I had the privilege of sitting down with Patrick Rothfuss at Detroit’s ConFusion last January, and he was kind enough to discuss some of the methods he uses…

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