Two Reasons I Liked Rogue One

Reminder: Don't forget about free books! I feel like this post doesn't need much of a prelude. Chances are that anyone reading has already seen the newest Star Wars story and doesn't care about reviews or spoilers, so this is basically a structured rant about a fun adventure/war film. Because I like that sort of thing. So yes, I've seen Rogue … Continue reading Two Reasons I Liked Rogue One

Very Young Writers: Break All the Rules!

I'm starting a new series of sorts. Yeah, I sound like a Bible-belt preacher. But my little sister has been asking me all sorts of questions about what she should and should not do with the story she's writing. At last, she asked me to write a blog series for writers her age who just can't handle all this … Continue reading Very Young Writers: Break All the Rules!

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

Why I Wrote an Encyclopaedia (and Maybe You Should, Too)

Okay. I promise we will have a real post in a few seconds, but first things first. I have gotten this question way too many times, and now I have to clear it up: Yes, Elkay and Kylo have the same surname. No, that was not intentional on my part. I don't know about J.J. Abrams. Get … Continue reading Why I Wrote an Encyclopaedia (and Maybe You Should, Too)

Slow-Mo Is Dangerous

A few months ago, I sat down with the clan to watch a new family movie. Very clean, decently executed, and for the most part well-acted- but I didn't enjoy it. It felt slow and stuffy for some reason, almost as if I was watching a series of gifs, and I wondered why. I only realized the … Continue reading Slow-Mo Is Dangerous

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

What to do about exposition? In the last post, I effectively deprived us of the three most popular devices for handling it; what remains in your writer's toolbox? We cannot simply leave the backstory out and expect the reader to keep up. For one thing, some amount of explanation is absolutely necessary to tell an intelligible … Continue reading What’s the Problem With Exposition? (Part Two)