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)
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.
This month, my major focus has been to get Death Warden ready for pitching and submission. I contracted a line editor to help me with the book, and I’ll admit, it is a little weird having someone actually go in and start messing with my words. I'll have some tips based on what I learned … Continue reading My Author Journey (July, 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)
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.
REVIEW IN BRIEF: Throw out your ground tent and buy this. Seriously. It beats our traditional tent in almost every way. It’s lightweight, low space, and amazing comfort are almost too good to be true.
I now have three books on the go. I’m now into my last round of developmental edits to DEATH WARDEN and will have a submission ready book by the end of July in time for the Writer’s Digest Conference and Pitch Slam. SOUL DRINKER is marinating a little bit, but is now ready for my first … Continue reading My Author Journey