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Tolkien, Beowulf, and Borrowing

Recently, I read Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf, his original folk-tale version of the story, “Sallic Spell,” and The Rood and the Torc, a historical fiction novel set in the same culture as Beowulf (though later in history). 482 more words

Writing Advice

When is it time to start?

This might seem like an inconsequential question, but it’s well worth considering. How much time do you leave between the first spark of inspiration and the moment you actually start writing? 676 more words


Is the Sun About to Shine on Memoirists?

There’s a healthy market for a tell-all memoir,” says Trish Todd, executive editor of Simon & Schuster, which two years ago started a self-publishing option, called… 142 more words


Crowdfunding for Novelists

In between the second and third Lexy Cooper books I did a crowdfunding campaign to fund a research trip. The trip wasn’t critical to my book; I had already budgeted money for the cover, editing, and proofreading. 823 more words


Just Write: Career-minded authors, take note

My writing is going well, and this is no accident. I’ve been working feverishly on several projects, and I’ve signed four contracts over the past few months. 330 more words


NaNoWriMo Approaches!

Incoming NaNoWriMo Post!

I always love posting about NaNoWriMo and reading other blog posts about it, as well. But this year, I’m extra excited! Because this year, I know I’m going to rock the casbah. 858 more words

Gwen Knight

Fight Scenes Part 1: An Introduction

I finally managed to get through my notes from Jonathan Maberrry’s (the author of the popular Rot and Ruin series) workshop at Context 27 and man did I have a lot. 501 more words