Finding Root

Finding Root

More from my upcoming book on the spiritual aspects of writing: *** One of the most crucial skills you’ll want to learn as an artist is what I call “finding root.” The term comes to us from the engineering world. “Root cause analysis” or...
On Killing Your Favorite Characters

On Killing Your Favorite Characters

So, I just killed one of my favorite characters today. It’s done and she’s never coming back. As for me, I can’t write another word in that book right now. I need time to sit back, process it. After eight months of working up to the scene I saw it...
The Secrets of Storm of Swords

The Secrets of Storm of Swords

Storm of Swords is widely considered George R.R. Martin’s greatest work in the Song of Ice and Fire saga. After just finishing this massive door stopper fantasy I can easily see why. It’s packed with outstanding action, a sweeping scope, stunningly...
Man of Tin – Breaking Down Why Man of Steel Fails

Man of Tin – Breaking Down Why Man of Steel Fails

Spoilers ahead.  You’ve been warned.  I just got back from Man of Steel.  It’s getting mixed reviews and for good reason.  As a writer I’m always breaking down plots to understand them.  I need to see why they succeed and why they fail.  Overall, Man...