Category «Writing»

The Secrets of Story

I’ve been listening to The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird, and I highly recommend it as one of the best how-to books on the craft of writing. It doesn’t offer vague generalities about the same old writing “wisdom”. It has solid examples and actionable advice. Of course I recommend supporting the author by buying …

Slightly Matriarchical

I stumbled on an article about the Mosuo of China. They have a fascinating culture, and I realized that the Yhellani in my Sundered Tree novels strongly resemble them. It’s not a primary focus of my books, and I’ve added an option of marriage for people who have actually proven themselves fertile, but the elements …

Potato Patahto or something like that

It’s a common bit of writing wisdom, that character names should not start with the same letter. Having both Brad and Barney in the same story can confuse readers. I had this issue with two of my characters in Book One. The names seemed different to me, but not my readers. (I changed one of …