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The beauty of fractal arcs

The beauty of fractal arcs

My epic urban fantasy series, THE PRIME SAGA, originally consisted of three books at about 250k words each. (That’s pretty long.) This is the story of how I split them in half (and added two more), ending up with eight ~120k word books. I invented a term for it...
Story development

Story development

Ah, process. Some people live by it. But most writers I meet, especially amateur writers, hate process. I’m a software engineer by trade—and I approach writing very professionally—so process is a very important part of things for me. Here, we’ll explore my...
Revision! Every author’s [least] favorite thing

Revision! Every author’s [least] favorite thing

This past year I’ve done a lot of writing, but I’ve also been heavily focused on revision. I hate revision, but it’s a necessary evil in this business. So I thought it might be interesting to talk about some of the techniques I’ve developed....
In praise of thriller pacing

In praise of thriller pacing

John picked up the gun and checked the chamber—full, of course. Anna hadn’t had time to get a shot off. But what had happened? His head was whirling. He couldn’t make sense of anything. So he did the only thing he could do: he headed for the door at the...