Recently I watched a video by Daniel Greene called “Dear Authors: Writing Magic Systems,” in which he discussed hard magic versus soft magic, and why one isn’t necessarily better than the other. If you aren’t familiar with his videos, I would check them out as Daniel posts fantasy-related content, like me, but better. If you … More On Magic and Writing
This month, we’re going to talk about Robert Jordan’s series, Wheel of Time, especially the first two books, Eye of the World and The Great Hunt. It’s really weird, rereading books for the first time in years, especially a series as long as The Wheel of Time. I can almost remember the roles of many … More August Reading Reflections
First, to note. I’m going to be talking about Laini Taylor’s series, both Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Strange the Dreamer. If you haven’t read either series in full, proceed at your own risk. Spoilers also for Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. I managed to devour Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, … More January Reading Reflections
Here’s the thing about novel writing. It’s a massive underaking. If you don’t know that, you must be new. It can be easy to get overwhelmed, or to lose faith. The reason, I think, that most people give up in the end is that they don’t know what it is about novel writing that they … More Four Trends I’ve Noticed in Certain Authors’ Novels
We all know what comes with the new year: the dreaded Resolutions, promises we make ourselves until we find how difficult they are to keep. A new favorite author of mine, Leigh Bardugo, suggested that we Begin As We Mean To Go On. That’s exactly what I did on January 1st. But, before getting into … More Welcome 2018!