Playing by the Rules with Description

Narrative is tricky stuff. Writing teachers throw all kinds of rules at us. Show, don't tell. Vary the length of your sentences. Show, don't tell. Adverbs are taboo. Show, don't tell. Oh, did I mention showing and not telling? Fantasy writers have the hardest job of all, it seems. When it comes to description, not only are … Continue reading Playing by the Rules with Description

The Bad Dinosaur, Part 1

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” C.S. Lewis Let's start at the very beginning (a very good place to start). I recently watched The Good Dinosaur with the rest of my family, and though I went in with low expectations, yet I still came out disappointed. Disney … Continue reading The Bad Dinosaur, Part 1

What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part 1)

Let's be honest, fellow fantasy writers. Plenty of authors have turned the word "exposition" almost into a curse word, and we with our epic plots and magic battles are the worst offenders. The very mention of the e-word makes all of us shudder, writer and reader alike, and yet when readers pick up a new fantasy … Continue reading What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part 1)