Tyranny of the One and the Many

As the last act of “Tears from Iron” gains momentum into the climax, the Empress Kayrstana worries about the undercurrents of the Syraestari imperial court.  From these concerns, she makes…

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Stick Figures from Iron

As Christmas fast approaches, this article will take on a lighter tone than recent ones.In one of my first articles, I commented on how I’ve always wished I could draw. …

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The Ritual of Writing

Every fiction author works in a different way, even if the final output (at the broadest level) is the same… words on a page formed structurally into a story.  I…

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A Tome by Any Other Name

As I was doing research for my recent two articles on the creation of “Tears from Iron”, I also stumbled across some brainstorms regarding the book title.  I thought I’d…

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Blocking a Novel

I’ve mentioned several times that I’m a discovery writer, but that doesn’t mean I write blindly.  I have a basic plan before I begin.  This gives me the basic plot,…

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Writing is an Act of Faith

It has occurred to me this past week that writing fiction is an act of faith.  Not being a detailed pre-plotter, I can’t say with absolute certainty that this is…

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