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Dunluce Castle in Ireland… real world Wyvern’s Crest?

I was working on my series this morning and, as part of that, I was contemplating the place where I expect most of the series will take place. The city that, for now, bears the name Wyvern’s Crest. I was noting down what kinds of things the city has that make it such a vital […]

Elizabeth I: War on Terror

I watched this on Amazon’s video service a little while ago and I could not help but think that the information on Elizabeth’s spymaster and security chief, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the things he did would be something that I can quite easily see being a basis for some sort of similar events in my […]

Deciding on a genera for my series

This morning I have been working on deciding what genre my series could best be defined by. For this I have taken a list of ten basic genre types, ones that stories can be broken down and classified as belonging to, and done a bit of thinking through what one best defined the widest scope […]

Come along as I create a series

In the past I have made posts about my efforts to write a book on a pair of princes whose uncle stole their birthright. It seems like something always brings the story to a standstill and, more often than not, I end up starting it all over from the beginning. And yet, it is a […]

Graphic novels and comics are seeing a growth in sales

According to the NPD Group, NPD Bookscan data has shown that the comic and graphic novel categories have experienced a 15% annual unit sales growth in the past three years. This makes the comic and graphic novel market the biggest growth category in the trade book marketplace.

Moreover, it seems that women are a growing […]

Writing Journal: May 12-16

This has been a bit of a busy weekend for me with writing, but a lot of it was spent in going back over some of the things I had already done, just to make sure I had not missed more stuff. Turned out I had missed watching 6 videos because I had accidentally skipped […]

Writing Journal

I got a lot of things done today.

For the mindmap for my series I folded up a sheet of 18×12 inch drawing paper from an old Mead art tablet so it could be tucked into my series bible. I then used each section that the folds had divided it into for a separate mindmap […]

No Plan Survives Contact With The Muse

So, on a writing forum today someone was asking about how much planning to do, and that made me realize why planning beyond the first book in a series might not be the best way to do things.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to know what you’ll do next and to have a idea […]

Line Editing vs Story Editing

In my series writing class today I got this kick to the side of my head that explained why I am never done revising – or even writing.

The lesson explained the process for how to revise a story, and how NOT to revise one, and I realized that I have been doing the how […]

Mind Mapping: I hate… Ice cream?

I was working on a mind map for my Sci Fi space travel story that I am working on and it seemed to be going really well, up until I started trying to make a map for things that I hate. At that point I stopped and stared at it in stupification when I wanted […]