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Layered Worlds; or, Things I Love About Worldbuilding

Layered Worlds; or, Things I Love About Worldbuilding

So for the last two weeks, I’ve immersed myself in the world of Kristen Britain’s Green Rider series. And it has once again reminded me of something I love in fantasy and scifi worlds: history. Layers. I discovered the Green […]

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Reading Break

Reading Break

Reading frequently comes up as a goal for us around here. Devouring 100 books in a year was, once upon a time, not much of a challenge. In recent years, even 50 books has become a lot to squeeze into […]

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Don’t Frustrate Your Readers

Don’t Frustrate Your Readers

As I was planning this post, I didn’t think about an obvious qualifier I left out of my title: Don’t frustrate your readers in a bad way. There are both good and bad ways to frustrate your readers. The good ways keep […]

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My Struggle With Beta Readers

My Struggle With Beta Readers

One week ago, I put out a call for beta readers. And I received an overwhelming response. You see, I’ve put out calls and requests before, but rarely do I get more than a few positive replies. Once upon a […]

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Reader Preferences: When a Literary Problem Becomes a Genre Fiction’s Convention

Reader Preferences: When a Literary Problem Becomes a Genre Fiction’s Convention

It’s no surprise that I read widely. I’m willing to pick up anything and everything made up of words that you can find out there. Whether I’ll end up liking it is a different story, but I’m not that hard […]

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Intention Counts: Pulling Your Story Together

Intention Counts: Pulling Your Story Together

In many things, intention does not count. Unexamined bias? Harmful stereotypes? The best of intentions can not fix these things. But you intend something when you write a story. Maybe you intend some deep, profound statement. Maybe it’s a general sense […]

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