The Night Angel Trilogy is a book series I’ve had for years that I re-read every so often, and I’m struck again by Brent Weeks’ genius! The first copy I had was a 3-in-1 hardcover obtained shortly after the completed works were released. I read it several times in the first year I owned it and recommended it to anyone who would listen. Then, as often happens, my copy was lent to a friend and never returned. Ah well, I finally got another copy.
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In an effort to better understand what separates “good” writing from “bad” writing, I’ve been taking advantage of free ebook offerings via Amazon, iBooks and Wattpad. It’s helping my understanding considerably. It’s not just mechanics and word choice, it’s consistency (ever read a 25-cent word thrown in like the author just learned it and was determined to use it even if it disrupts the flow?). It’s not just the characters and background detail, it’s how you present them. Read the rest of this entry »
I decided that if there is a halfway decent story inside me, and even so much as a feather’s chance in hell it will ever see daylight, I’d better do some research on how best I might make that happen. Naturally, start with what you already have available, so… Read the rest of this entry »
For the last several days my mind is overflowing with thoughts revolving around a story idea for a fantasy fiction novel. How bizarre. I mean sure, I’ve made up stories in my head, but never anything this elaborate or detailed, and never anything that was so insistent about coming out of my head. It’s already beginning to show signs of obsession.
Calm and serene, it’s halted, dammed
But exists, freedom in demand
Open flows, I can’t grasp or hold
Trickle becomes torrent too bold