Category Archives: writing series

Respecting Dan Brown

If you read Elisha Barber all the way to the end, you’ll find an Acknowledgements page. One of the first names on that page is Dan Brown. Yep, the same author everyone’s talking about this week, with the release of … Continue reading

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Three-act Structure Eureka!

Okay, I’ve heard about the three-act structure for quite some time, from a variety of sources, and had it sketched out for me in at least one workshop.  Quite frankly, it didn’t seem all that relevant.  But I finally picked … Continue reading

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Review: Thieftaker

Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson My rating: 4 of 5 stars A tense, engaging read. There’s been recent interest in historical fantasies with American settings, and this was a nice addition to that elite group. Jackson creates an off-beat character with … Continue reading

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Interviewing Fantasy Author Benjamin Tate, part 2

I now return you to our chat with Benjamin Tate/ Joshua Palmatier, with his new book, Leaves of Flame. 3.  What’s your first-draft process?  outline, edit as you go, speed-writing? That is my first-draft process:  sit down and write, see … Continue reading

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Q&A with fantasy author Ben Tate (also known as Josh Palmatier)

I had the good fortune to meet Ben (or was that Josh?) at Albacon a few years ago, and am pleased to renew our acquaintaince!  You may have read his Skewed Throne series–if you haven’t picked up Well of Sorrows, … Continue reading

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Interviewing author Elaine Isaak

I sent a few questions over to fantasy author, Elaine Isaak (The Singer’s Crown, The Eunuch’s Heir–and most recently, The Bastard Queen)  Elaine does a lot of local conventions and doesn’t mind helping out newbies.  But you still don’t want … Continue reading

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Outline

I have not always been an outliner. Like many, I had a superstitious fear of revealing the endings of stories, even to myself, for fear that it would suck the joy out of writing them.  Rather I was, as the … Continue reading

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