7 Reasons Why Being a Dungeon Master is Good Practice for Writing a Novel

Both my children have requested that I start dungeons and dragons groups for them and their friends this fall. While I’ve relied on customizing pre-made content for them in the past, I’ve started to use all original stuff for this year. In the process, I’ve founded it to be very beneficial to my writing. Here…

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Writing Essentials: Structuring and Outlining Your Novel by Kim Weiland

I’ve often wondered why high school English teachers seemed more concerned with teaching students iambic pentameter rather than the basics of actual story structure. As a teenager, when I’d try to write my own books, I’d wonder why the beginning would seem solid, but the story would end up meandering and soon become boring. When…

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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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Getting some input.

As I’ve been reading about writing, one piece of advice I hear repeatedly is to find a group to workshop with. I hope to be able to join a group in the near future, but in the meantime, I’ve started participating in the online sci-if/fantasy/horror critique site, critters.org. From what I’ve seen, it’s a great…

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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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