Category Archives: Creativity Sessions

Why I Love Myths… and Decided to Write Them

I’ve been talking more and more about the mythology series I have been writing for my fantasy universe. I’m pretty excited about these stories, so I think it’s time I shared why this kind of story is important to me.

I could make this a listicle, but I don’t want to. Follow me on this journey!

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Introduce Your Characters in their Element

Writing introductory sections is hard. I struggle to write intros to my blog posts sometimes.

Okay, a lot of times.

But I’ve picked up on one key way to introduce characters to the reader in a new story: introduce your character in their element.

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Another 3 Things I’ve Learned from Publishing My First Novel

Well, the learning curve continues to grow with my “published author” status. I’ve been mum on this for a while, honestly because I was a bit embarrassed about it.

But, I might as well confess: I’m revising and re-publishing The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

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7 Things I’ve Learned from Self-Publishing My First Novel

The pre-order period for The Warden of Everfeld: Memento officially ended last Wednesday, which means it’s time for a little retrospective on how this 30-day marketing binge went for me.

Here are 7 things I’ve learned from self-publishing my first novel, so far. Continue reading 7 Things I’ve Learned from Self-Publishing My First Novel

Using History as a Story’s Backbone

Over the last few years, I’ve managed to cultivate a few writing practices which help me build my stories. While on an extended weekend vacation, I went back to an old gem and rediscovered its virtues: history.

And no, I don’t mean actually studying real history to tell my own stories, although I also enjoy that. I’m talking about writing history. Continue reading Using History as a Story’s Backbone

Exploring Writing and Cafes in Fells Point

Last night, Jessie and I had our first writing session since… she moved to Denver.

You see, we used to meet periodically with our laptops and notebooks at a little cafe in Columbia, MD to take notes, talk shop, and brainstorm about whatever writing projects we were working on at the time.

Now that Jessie lives in Baltimore and I live just outside the city, we agreed to find a new writer’s cafe. Continue reading Exploring Writing and Cafes in Fells Point

How to Outline through Character Arcs

On Friday I touched on how I started outlining The Warden of Everfeld: Legacy to help me lay out the general narrative.

I’m pretty sure this style of outline is sort of an amalgam of various outlining techniques I’ve read about, so I’d like to share it with you all. Continue reading How to Outline through Character Arcs

How Pantsing Makes Revising Harder than It Needs to Be

That’s right, I said it. My semi-pantser model of writing the early drafts of WoEM has become a bit of an annoyance. I think I have been converted to a planner.

Now that I’m well into of my revisions — in the final third of my story — my somewhat free-wheeling outline style has come back to bite me.

Luckily, I found a somewhat easy way to fix it… and avoid it in the future. Continue reading How Pantsing Makes Revising Harder than It Needs to Be

The 9-Step Publication Plan

My how things can change in a few days. Monday was a strange day. Due to circumstances at work, I ended up over-thinking a lot of things, some work-related, some book-related, and getting a little stressed.

Despite my wave of confidence last Friday, I’m pretty nervous about the entire publishing process.

I feel good about my book and my abilities to make it enjoyable for people aside from my friends, but publishing  the thing is an entirely different story. Continue reading The 9-Step Publication Plan