The Dragon’s in the Details: Establishing Setting in a Fantasy World (Part 1)

Over the last year, I've repeatedly disagreed with a critique group member about how much setting description is necessary in our novels. He favors long descriptions, while I prefer my prose more sparse. Truthfully, both are valid and will appeal to different audiences. But I also know with my own writing that my view of … Continue reading The Dragon’s in the Details: Establishing Setting in a Fantasy World (Part 1)

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6 Tips for How to Process Line Edits.

So, you've hired or begged someone to go through you book and suggest line edits, and now you have a document splattered with suggestions. What do you do? This is exactly the situation I find myself in as I get Death Warden ready for submission this month. I've learned a lot through the process, and … Continue reading 6 Tips for How to Process Line Edits.

Writer’s Blog Roundup (June, 2018)

Here are my five favorite posts from the last month: 1 . Art's Highest Purpose: to Complicate Our Feelings by Peter Selgin url: https://www.janefriedman.com/arts-highest-purpose/ I thought this was interesting. For me, evoking emotion is a hallmark of great writing, but I like the idea of creating a dissonance within the reader's personal reaction. 2. How … Continue reading Writer’s Blog Roundup (June, 2018)

Love It, Review It, Give It Away: Sufficiently Advanced Magic By Andrew Rowe

This month's giveaway book is Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe, an indie fantasy with a vivid world, labyrinth puzzles, and a complex magic system. For people looking for clean fantasy without the grittiness and sexuality of things like George R. R. Martin, this book is a good fit. There are a few romantic overtones, but no relationships ever materialize and the violence is very tame and mostly monster-focused.