This post is two parts. Firstly, I have been dabbling in illustration once again, and I've finished a portrait of one of the elvish councilors from Lockwood Tower. I really like how it came out, and I thought I'd upload it here on the blog since it's been a while since my last piece of artwork. Secondly, … Continue reading Discarded Bits – How To Kill Your Darlings The Pain-Free Way
Today I have passed the 44,000 word mark on my first draft on the epic fantasy. It may not be epic yet, but it's coming along nicely. However, I also hit the stage in the project that all my projects seem to get to. It is the point where I am unsure of what I … Continue reading Making It Feel Like A Book
I had a mini-heart attack this morning. Okay, it was actually a major heart attack (figuratively speaking). I plugged in my thumb drive to add a note to my epic fantasy manuscript and saw, to my horror, that my Scrivener file I saved last night after typing was gone! How could this be possible? The … Continue reading Back Up Your Work!
There are a lot of books and articles that talk about the craft of writing good characters, their motivations, how to give them personalities, etc. So, what's one more added to the list? Well, this is my personal approach to writing a scene by channeling my characters. Perhaps it will help you out if you're … Continue reading Channel Your Characters
I have been jumping back and forth between working on The Spectre, and also an untitled fantasy idea, which has been refreshing and exciting. Without saying too much about the fantasy book (it's still in very early stages) I can tell you that it's been on my mind for a long time. Lots of meditation … Continue reading World Building