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.

Time in, words out: a writer’s tug-of-war

How do you measure progress at the keyboard? Many writers like to use word count. A good day’s work is measured based on how many new words you write. Some writers prefer page count. This is the same as word … Continue reading

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The art of rewriting: getting the most development mileage from your edits

I work with an amazingly talented writing client. Every week for 39 weeks now, he’s submitted his novel-in progress, usually 10-20 pages each week. We’ve made it through draft 1. We took a short break where I did an analysis … Continue reading

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Your perfect writing week vs your real writing week

You can’t be perfect with your writing every week. As much as we want to hit our word count goals, or make progress in our current draft just like we said we would, the fact remains that when we make … Continue reading

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The Iliad: a review

I do not usually post my book reviews on my blog, though Goodreads does have a link to past reviews (right-hand column). As I’ve run out of things to blog about, at least for the present, I figure I’ll start … Continue reading

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Learn Something New Every Day

In the last year, I have learned a lot about myself as a writer. Probably the most unexpected lesson: I enjoy writing educational nonfiction. I’ve written 12 courses now on the platform Highbrow (click here to see all my courses). … Continue reading

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A Thousand Roads is OUT!

For those of you not on my newsletter, this is the BIG DAY. After 7 years of work, A Thousand Roads is OUT. No need to repeat myself, so I’ll link you to the newsletter. Sign up if you want … Continue reading

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Every word is not enough

As I come up for air from 7 months of intensive revision, I come up with some perspective. Writers are told that every word must count. As I’m learning, that’s not enough. It’s difficult in draft 1, 2, or even … Continue reading

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