One of my Favourites: Fallen Dragon

When learning how to plot a story, one of the common pieces of advice I’ve read is to create a likeable character and kick the crap out of them. Make their life miserable. Throw them to the ground and keep pounding. In Fallen Dragon, Peter Hamilton takes protagonist abuse to a whole new level. I’ve…

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One of my favourites: Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling

I just spent the better part of a week with the family camping in the Canadian Shield. No cell signal, no car, just a canoe and what we could carry on our backs. I still manged 2-3,000 words a day as well as doing some world building for my next novel. It made me reflect…

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On Writing, by Stephen King

I never got in to Stephen King’s books, but he is clearly doing something right. When I saw his book, On Writing, frequently recommended, so I decided to give it a shot. The first thing to know about this book is that it is not primarily a writing guide. Fully half of the book is…

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Brandon Sanderson’s Creative Writing Class

Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors. Not only did he manage to salvage a respectable ending to the Wheel of Time Series, I’ve really enjoyed many of his other works including Mistborn (the first book, less so the later two), Way of Kings and Word of Radiance, and Elantris. My kids fell in…

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