Apr17th

Book Review: Tropic of Serpents

by  Charlotte Lenox

Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

I said I wouldn’t do many book reviews, at least not right now, but this one is another exception, as it is the sequel to A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. When I picked up the first book, I didn’t realize how quickly the second was already coming out. And I read Tropic of Serpents […]

 
 

Apr15th

Energy Deficits…

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by maarjaara on Flickr

Yes, it has been a while since the last post. Part of the issue is lack of topics recently, and part of the issue is my level of energy. The latter has gotten gradually worse over the past year or two, and anyone who suffers from a condition like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will understand that it doesn’t […]

 
 

Mar27th

Ode to the Shallow

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by Chris Gladis on Flickr

Actually, I’m not sure if what I want to talk about is predictability, generality, or merely shallowness. In the end, all of them are related to what I want to discuss, which is something that I have seen a number of recent fantasy novels fall into (and have feared seeing in my own writing). Have you ever […]

 
 

Mar5th

How to Begin a Novel

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by garysan97 on Flickr

I won’t lie. There are tons of articles out there about the best way to start a novel that grabs the attention of agent and reader alike. I’m not sure I’m adding anything of value to this overabundance, but I’ll do it anyways because anything in the universe is possible, right? Perhaps someone will someday find the […]

 
 

Feb18th

Book Review: A Natural History of Dragons

by  Charlotte Lenox

A Natural History of Dragons

I don’t want to make it a habit to do book reviews on this blog. After all, it’s a blog about writing, not so much about other people’s books (unless I have some reason to rant about or praise a book that illustrates the point I’m making in the post). This post, however, is an exception. Because, […]

 
 

Feb14th

Writing About Controversial Topics

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by John Howe

Ah, controversy. What artist doesn’t like stirring up a little of it every now and then? Well all right, maybe there are a few of you out there who don’t. I can’t say I go out of my way to poke the hornet’s nest (but if that’s what happens, yippee!). On the one hand, I believe it’s […]

 
 

Feb7th

To Write or Not to Write: Prologues and Epilogues

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by takomabibelot on Flickr

Oh, prologues. How I’ve had to fight with them over the years both as a writer and a reader. Simply put, I strongly dislike them. They have no business being prologues instead of Chapter 1 of your novel. Writers like to put a lot of highly context-specific information and conflict into prologues, knowing that readers will have […]

 
 

Jan28th

The Demi-God Dragons

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by kennymatic on Flickr

So, I found this “create your own dragon” software on the Web, and thought I’d mess around with it and see how close of an approximation I could get for each of the dragons in the Many Lives series. It seems to be somewhat accurate, although Rashatan especially has special adaptations and designs that would have to […]

 
 

Jan24th

Age-Appropriateness and YA Writing?

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by Daniel Ramirez on Flickr

Knowing your audience is, of course, of some importance, no matter if you are writing flash fiction or an epic saga ten novels long. How much attention each writer pays to audience varies, and I certainly believe one shouldn’t be a slave to it–but one shouldn’t completely ignore it, either, doing whatever and hoping for the best […]

 
 

Jan13th

Do Your Research!

by  Charlotte Lenox

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Copyright by NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr

Whether you write fiction, creative-no-fiction, literary criticism, book reviews, or what-have-you, there is one all important thing worth reiterating: DO YOUR RESEARCH! That is, if you don’t want to be laughed off as just another uneducated ignoramus, another wanna-be writer with soon-to-be-extinguished glory sparkling in your eyes. Many of us remember the onerous task of finding ten […]