Monthly Archives: November 2012

Character Sketch: Daio, the Bad Guy You Can’t Help but Love

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Character Sketch: Daio, the Bad Guy You Can’t Help but Love

Daio (pronounced “day-oh”) is one of the most fun characters for me to write scenes for. There’s just something about him that puts everyone he interacts with on edge. He knows it and he exploits it at every opportunity, even … Continue reading

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Backstory: The Art of Listening to Characters

Generating backstory feels like that proverbial chicken-or-egg question. And bearing that in mind, am I the chicken or the egg? I honestly don’t know. I looked for some conversations I had on paper with a few of my characters years … Continue reading

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The One Book Every Fantasy Writer Needs to Read

Correction: the list of books a fantasy writer should read had no end. That’s the honest truth for any genre. What I’m really getting at is a book strictly for fantasy writers, Diana Wynne Jones’ book called The Tough Guide to … Continue reading

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Character Sketch: Aerigo, the Broken Warrior

Aerigo could have easily been the main character of the story. For a while I wanted him to be, but he patiently went along as he waited for me to help him fulfill his role, along with balance out his story without … Continue reading

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Character Sketch: Roxie, Building a Strong Female Lead

Nine years ago, when I first starting working on this trilogy, I purposely set out to have a female be the hero of the story. All the way up to the present I’ve felt trepidation over this choice. A female … Continue reading

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Outlines are Back In

My attempt to not employ my usual outline strategy didn’t go over well. Took me three weeks to write a whole 17 pages. That sounds like a lot to many of you. For me, I can more than that in … Continue reading

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