Insidious Patterns: With Poison and Spite

As I’ve developed my writing skills further over the years, I’ve started noticing more and more patterns. Some of these are deeply hidden things and I’ll get to them in due time. Today I’m going to go full male author and belatedly catch up with decades of feminist discourse. I mean, I’m pretty sure that’s […]

The Ruinous Myth of Inspiration

Got your attention with that title? Excellent, because I’m serious. Inspiration is a myth. Not the exhilarating surge an artist feels on seeing a bird burst through a bank of mist in the early morning, ribbons of water-vapor giving it a heartbeat’s sun-speckled veil, nor the solemn determination of a writer staring out at the […]

Of Purple Prose and Psychological Extremes

Let’s fan away the cloying concerns first: I value wariness of purple prose. Within the last half year I acquired and then (after consuming The Wheel of Time) read a high-fantasy novel from Grand Rapids ComicCon. I experienced much what you’d expect from a book bought on a whim at a ComicCon. Among many other issues: purple […]

The Wheel of Archetypes: The Nimble and the Brutish

I’ve been out of commission for a few days due to career concerns, but now I’ve returned with this article about my two favorite (sorry, most despised) combative character archetypes. One is smooth-talking, light on his feet, deft as a stooping hawk and fragile as a stained-glass window. Doesn’t matter, he never gets hit! Sometimes […]

The Wheel of Archetypes: The Faded Master

The further I go into writing, the more I become aware of archetypes. You know the drill: some characters are just so awesome (or so easy) that we end up writing them over and over again with minor variations. Even the most nuanced characters have to share some traits with others, and what we’ll see […]