Monthly Archives: June 2011

Review: Towers of Midnight

I was a bit hesitant to read the latest two books in the Wheel of Time series.  On the one hand, I wanted to know what happens to these characters I love.  On the other hand, I wasn’t really comfortable … Continue reading

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Genre Basics Series: Wrap-Up

There are many things to consider when pursuing a career in genre writing.  I’ve touched on a few general topics, but the more you delve into a specific genre, the more you learn what’s appropriate to that genre.  These generalizations … Continue reading

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Genre Basics Series: Length

My last post dealt with the writer’s career, which might seem like an odd choice for a Genre Basics series.  But an understanding of the differences between genres and how a writer’s career can be informed by those differences can … Continue reading

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Genre Basics Series: Career

A writer can build his or her career writing strictly in one genre.  This, of course, doesn’t mean you have to make a career out of a genre in order to write in it.  However, if you choose to develop … Continue reading

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Genre Basics Series: Conventions

Every genre has its own set of conventions, which provide readers with a sense of  continuity between books within a genre. Some Examples: You have to introduce the villain before the climax in a mystery novel. You have to provide … Continue reading

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