Author Archives: John Robin

About John Robin

John Robin is an epic fantasy writer, professional editor, and lover of imaginary worlds. He write stories about magic and myth, human suffering and the power to rise above it. He loves world building, coffee shops, mathematics, chess, and is an avid author community builder.

The Fractal Method of Drafting A Book

As a writer, do you struggle with finding a way to go from start to finish in a novel? Are you drawn to outlining but find most outlining methods too much of a cookie-cutter model? Today, I’m going to share … Continue reading

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Awesome Writers Spreadsheet — an alternative to NaNoWriMo for writers of all stripes

Imagine you could be involved in NaNoWriMo every month, without having to worry about writing 1,666 words of your novel’s first draft every day. What if instead, you could write whatever you were able, on whatever project is important to … Continue reading

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Guest post: world-building tips from author K.M. Cooper

Today I welcome another guest to share more tips on world-building, following Craig Munro’s great post from last week. K. M. Cooper is a creative director and self-professed Jacqueline-of-all-trades who specializes in fiction writing and world building. Her first book, Hub City … Continue reading

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A Special Lesson on World-building: with guest author of Bones of the Past, Craig Munro

Today I’m thrilled to welcome a special guest to the blog — Craig Munro, author of the newly released The Bones of the Past, a dark fantasy epic in the flavor of Steven Erikson. Craig has been my guest before … Continue reading

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The last push: finding the creative gold in those moment when you would have quit

I am an avid runner. I used to run 5 times a week and have done a full marathon, and a half. I sprained my ankle 3 years ago, and during the year it took for that to heal, I … Continue reading

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Maintaining your writing discipline: staying focused in an age of distraction

Sometimes I feel like an odd duck. Ever since January 1st, I have not missed a day of writing. Every day, no matter what, I’ve set a 2-hour timer on my phone, using the Forest app, and I used that … Continue reading

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Finding you audience as a fiction author: taking steps to success as a self-publishing author

As I shared last week, and in my newsletter the previous week, I’ve put plans in motion to publish A Thousand Roads through my Dreamsphere Books imprint next fall, part of embracing the self-publishing process fully. While I’ll certainly be doing … Continue reading

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