Category Archives: John’s blog

How I built my fantasy world while staying in the story

You might have heard of “world-builders disease”. If you haven’t, then listen to this episode of Writing Excuses, from Season 5. If you have, but haven’t listened to that episode of Writing Excuses before, then I highly recommend you listen … Continue reading

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How I’ve created a reading curriculum to become a better fantasy writer

Now that I have finished the fourth draft of A Thousand Roads (if you’re not on my newsletter and want to hear more about that, click here), I am turning to related writing tasks, like this one. Today I want … Continue reading

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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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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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