How to Become the Best Epic Fantasy Writer

Hello, dear reader. In my last post, I wrote a fantasy blurb by breaking down the individual components of best-selling blurbs in the genre, then used those pieces to create my own. The result was very well received. I posted my blurb to a group that specialized in blurb feedback, and other than a few minor edits, most said it was well-written. One person even said they write blurbs for a living, and mine was very good.

That gave me the confidence to take that analytical approach to the next level. Continue reading “How to Become the Best Epic Fantasy Writer”

Popular Film, Criticism, and the Oscars

On August 8th, 2018, the organization behind the Academy Awards announced that they were going to issue a new “Best Popular Film” category. Needless to say, an announcement like this stirred a lot of controversy. When I first heard about it, I initially agreed with many of the naysayers. I was worried that this was a pity party for popular film, that it was patronizing, and would likely keep films like Black Panther from having a shot at Best Picture (which it 100% deserves, by the way). Many theorize, and I agree, that the success of Black Panther may have contributed to the new category. Perhaps the Academy didn’t think it could include the superhero film in their Best Picture lineup, but also wanted to avoid another #OscarsSoWhite backlash. Good luck with that. Continue reading “Popular Film, Criticism, and the Oscars”

Health, Diet, and Writing

I have a personal experience I’d like to share. For the past two years I’ve been studying the art of writing and self-publishing, and I’ve been doing my best to establish writing habits. But I struggled a lot to maintain the routines I set up. Sometimes I would just not have the energy, or I’d experience what I thought was burnout. Sometimes I’d go for whole weeks before being able to re-apply myself to my established schedule. This frustrated the heck out of me, as I really wanted to be more productive, but found it incredibly difficult. How could I finish all the books I wanted to write if I couldn’t even get myself out of bed early enough to write? I had all these plans, but couldn’t find ways to stick to them. Needless to say, I was frustrated.  I thought maybe I was just inherently lazy. Continue reading “Health, Diet, and Writing”

Writing Lessons from Skyrim: Worldbuilding

Skyrim is a video game that came out in 2011, yet 7 years later it still holds up as one of the best fantasy video games of all time. It helps that the game is absolutely massive, and you could put literally thousands of hours into it. And many have. I myself have probably put about 300 hours into this game, which may sound like a lot, but compared to some gamers, I haven’t even scratched the surface. And there are still many quests and other story elements that I have yet to touch. Continue reading “Writing Lessons from Skyrim: Worldbuilding”