Category Archives: John’s blog

World Builders 3.0 – Level 1-1: Building a world for character

Welcome back to World Builders 3.0! For those who enjoyed the previous incarnations of World Builders, this next generation is going to zero in more on the process of worldbuilding itself while I work with fellow fantasy author and worldbuilding … Continue reading

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World-building: What Makes for a Great Fantasy Setting?

Welcome to November, and the “change of season” here on EFW. I hope you enjoyed our tour of crossing genres in fantasy. For the next few months, we’re going to explore the topic of world-building and what makes a great … Continue reading

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Crossing genres: exploring the different aspects of fantasy fiction

Welcome to September! I’m taking a moment away from my morning writing routine to introduce our topic, and thought that while I do so, I’ll take some time to reflect more on this great fantasy genre I write in and … Continue reading

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Beyond archetypes: where the hero’s journey meets modern fiction

Welcome to August! This month, I have the pleasure of kicking off our topic: journeys and story structures in epic fantasy. I’m sure you’re all familiar with Joseph Campbell’s the Hero’s Journey, also known as the Monomyth. Here’s a great … Continue reading

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World Builders 3.0 – Level 0: “Why are you building this world?”

Welcome to World Builders 3.0, an open-ended series that will run periodically on Fridays. For those who enjoyed the previous incarnations of World Builders, this next generation is going to zero in more on the process of world building itself … Continue reading

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How to do a developmental edit yourself — a self-editing guide for writers

Friday is here again, which means another blog post from me! Today I’m following up on last week’s post on the importance of developmental editing, by popular request, with a how-to for writers who want to try and do it … Continue reading

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Developmental editing — how you can’t live without it, and how to make it affordable

Happy Friday! As senior editor for Story Perfect Editing Services, I’m heavily involved in helping Indie authors with editorial needs. Outside my private work, I’ve been supporting the Inkshares Quill author community, since these authors have funded for publication, but … Continue reading

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Making a revision road map: turning beta and editor notes into a next draft plan

As this month’s series of posts on epic battles in fantasy wraps up, I’m back for my usual Friday post to continue my discussion about the process of writing a next draft. If you’ve missed the earlier installments, this all … Continue reading

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A first step in revision — the three-tier approach to feedback

I hope you’re all enjoying our month’s topic of swords and epic battles in fantasy. Perhaps off-topic (though not entirely): today I’m going to continue my discussion about the process of writing a next draft. In last week’s post, I … Continue reading

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Setting Weekly Milestones: How to get through multiples drafts of a book

Today in my newsletter, I shared about a new adventure that began this week: I started to read The Lord of the Rings again — the fourth time now for me. Returning to my Tolkien roots seems good timing for … Continue reading

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