Author’s Journey

Sticks and Stones and Amazing Grace

I hate the hymn “Amazing Grace”. This is a post I’ve been dying to write mostly because of that iconoclastic line. But it isn’t meant to be a gratuitous use of shock value. It goes to something much deeper. It’s not the song but one word in the first verse, “wretch”. It’s an ugly word in […]

Notes from Realm Makers: David Farland

Notes from Realm Makers: David Farland

I’ve never done live blogging, and tweeting is new to me as well. So I was into the second day of Realm Makers before it occurred to me to tweet some of the writing tips I was getting. When I did, some folks who couldn’t attend begged for more. So here you go: Some stuff […]

Escape

Escape

I had so much fun writing The Heir, and building the world, that I couldn’t stop at just one volume. Now that The Heir is complete, I’m ready to begin the next segment. So, without further ado, I present, The Amulet Saga, Volume Two: The Traveler Escape Rose pulled her violet cloak around her shoulders. […]

One More Step

One More Step

“If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.”—Samwise Gamgee. Sam’s words from The Fellowship of the Ring perfectly describe the stage of writing I’m in now. Actually, every step I’ve taken since the beginning of this month when I finished my first draft has been one more […]

Winter Is Here

Winter Is Here

While it’s true that listening to A Dance with Dragons inspired the title, it has nothing to do with this post. Rather it’s Marissa Meyer’s upcoming release Winter that inspired the topic. For those not familiar with the Lunar Chronicles series: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, and Winter, they’re futuristic retellings of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, […]

Could You Write for the General Market?

Could You Write for the General Market?

Guest Blogger: Phyllis Wheeler Maybe you’re one of those Christian writers casting an eye at the general market these days and thinking about writing for it. Here might be your reasons: Perhaps you’ve noticed that the big publishers have cut way back on the number of books trad-pubbed in CBA. Perhaps your genre is speculative, […]

More Farland Workshops

You are all going to get sick of me posting about David Farland. For those unable to attend his Realm Makers workshop, I tweeted a bunch of his tips on Saturday. Unfortunately, I hadn’t thought of it on Friday. So next time I will compile a shortlist from my notes. But this week, I wanted […]