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  1. I'm just here for the inevitable fighting. *sips latte*

  2. This is the worst take I’ve ever read. You can’t honestly say you like the fighting in this thread? It’s so one-dimensional and cliché! These new threads can’t compete with the classics, and I’ll never understand the hype around them.

  3. LotR was my first exposure, and I loved every second of that book, but I think it was Tad Williams that locked me in as a fan of the wider genre once I'd read Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn

  4. Revisions of a contemporary magic school book. Kinda itching to get through this so I can go back to my second-world fantasy novel.

  5. Legitimately not snarky or sarcastic here - is it really a waste of time to learn a skill that could be applied to future projects, too? Granted, I'm not sure of the time investment it would take to learn or to do, but formatting appears to get pricy.

  6. If you're technically-minded, it's extremely simple to learn and can be done faster than it takes to coordinate with a freelancer unless you're publishing regularly and have a formatter on regular contract.

  7. I really enjoyed The Quantum Magician, and though I have no specific questions about your books or writing process, the description of The House of Styx made me realize you're Canadian, which led me down a very shallow rabbit hole that revealed you did a master's degree at McMaster University.

  8. I really liked Hamilton! I did my undergrad at Guelph and so my whole university experience was west of Toronto. I did my masters in the Cancer Research Group which was really fun and I loved TAing 2nd year genetics and 3rd year cytogenetics. Grad school was a very different experience from undergrad - smaller social circles and everything felt more grown up :)

  9. Small world! My mom was in cancer research there as well. She left to pursue a teaching career in the mid-90s, though. I have a lot of fond memories of hanging out in the lab there as a kid.

  10. I was prepared to be upset about this because I'm generally not into all these reboots and often unnecessary sequels to beloved stories from my childhood, but then I saw that Warwick Davis is reprising his role as Willow, so now I don't know what to think anymore.

  11. How is everyone doing? Any new exciting stories being written or pondered? Old ones will do as well.

  12. I’m thinking about entering the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge (

  13. NYC Midnight has a good reputation. I have a couple of friends who enjoy the framework of writing to the competition prompts.

  14. This was a delight thanks for making it available

  15. I cannot seem to find it on goodreads. Is it on there? If no, can it be added (either by you, the author, or me, I guess).

  16. My definition of cozy is probably a little different than others, if only for the fact that I'll read things that get intense if they have the right cozy vibe in the down moments. The best example of this I can think of is Lord of the Rings, because although it's a high-stakes story with plenty of serious action, there are some absolutely wonderful moments of camaraderie and the sort of coziness I associate with hiking and camping.

  17. I agree with you on The Lord of the Rings. Over at Wyngraf they refer to it as "backpack fantasy." There are a couple of those type of stories in the first issue.

  18. The Name of the Wind is another big one for me as well. I know people have their issues with the pacing of that book and its successor, but the narrative flow of those books is perfect for me.

  19. As I mentioned in reply to the first post made here, I came via an interview with Nathaniel Webb regarding his new cozy fantasy magazine, Wyngraf, in which they wondered if

  20. Yeah, it's definitely inspiring. I think the world is ready for a shift toward feel-good fantasy again.

  21. One of the great things about people being more willing to read self-published novels is that it opens the door to much more niche story types on which trade publishers likely won’t take a risk, or into which those publishers will try to insert higher stakes drama in order to appeal to a broader audience. I had a few ideas swirling around in my head, but after seeing a few posts on

  22. It violates the KPD Terms of Service, so it’s honestly not worth the risk.

  23. My wife and I say that I'm my own best audience with my jokes. I feel as if writers are also often their harshest critics. Have you ever gone back in over editing and just been like "damn, that's good" or *laugh out loud at something you wrote previously? (Etc.) I know I have, and it feels good to counter all that "this is terrible" that can creep in

  24. I've had this experience a few times over the years. I've written some novel drafts I didn't immediately know what to with, so they languished for a year or two before I hastily formatted them for my kindle and sat down to read them as though they were someone else's book. And what's happened every time, is that I've been surprised by how good they are! It's almost as if they were written exactly for me! There have been moments where I've been utterly shocked at an unremembered witticism or emotional bit of dialogue that I can't possibly believe had originally come from my own head at some point.

  25. Isn't it amazing how much you can forget about your own work? Whenever I see people asking super specific fan boy questions on AMAs, I'm always imagining the authors flicking frantically through their own work to figure out how to answer the question.

  26. I think it really highlights how much we live in different parts of our brain when we're doing creative work. I was surprised to learn how common it is for singers to forget the lyrics to their most popular early songs despite having performed them live hundreds, if not thousands of times.

  27. I sure was this morning lol. I thought it opened at 7 am my time, but turns out it was 8 am, so I sat there for that whole hour going, "Is it open yet? Has he posted it yet?" Lol.

  28. I just put this on my calendar for next year. What timezone is the 8am start for you?

  29. I'm EST. The contest opened at 1pm BST.

  30. Ouch. That’s 5am my time. Guess I’ll be getting up early that day!

  31. I think this is great advice. I've had some big ups and downs with writing over the years, and have just recovered from a pretty bad slump myself. Cognitive reframing has been one of my biggest assets in going from struggling to write anything week after week, to knocking out a 140k word draft in three months while enjoying the process in a way I haven't for a couple years now.

  32. Yeah, I've never got those who say they hate the writing part of writing and love having written instead. I really do genuinely love the act of writing, being able to choose which words to use, figuring out how to say something and get a message across, bringing to life a scene that has solely come out of my head. Writers should really think about whether they do want to write even if they never get published or earn money from it. I think answering that question will make the act of writing much more pleasurable, and in an ironic way probably increase your chance of being published.

  33. I've written more than a million words of published fiction and another million that'll never see the light of day. Most of those 2+ million words came easily and were enjoyable to write, but unpleasant life circumstances, looming deadlines, reader/market expectations, imposter syndrome, and a thousand other things can make writing feel impossible at times.

  34. I still love vampires and think there’s a lot of potential there. At one point I was planning a novel about a moody vampire who’d moved to Costa Rica to be a surfer despite the whole death in sunlight thing.

  35. That sounds like a really cool gag series with sports anime vibes honestly.

  36. If I ever write it, it'll be a dark existentialist exploration of what it means to live forever if you can't actually live the life you want. More the aesthetic of Only Lovers Left Alive than a sports anime.

  37. Marketing is about getting people to know your book is available and they may want to buy it. How does putting it in a library achieve this aim?

  38. I'm not suggesting that donating books to libraries has high enough ROI to make it worthwhile, but in theory if you can get someone to read and love it, that person may then go on to spread awareness through word of mouth. If an author can get a library to do some kind of face-out display with a Local Author card to draw attention to it, there's a chance people will actually pick it up.

  39. What is the most common/popular breakfast food in each kingdom?

  40. Intimately familiar with imposter syndrome. I’m launching two new series in different subgenres from my previous work, and am going through all the creative doubt right now.

  41. I don't really understand the question? Just have the main character say the leave the room and then write the dialogue. Why on earth would there be a YouTube video about this?

  42. OP is writing in First Person point of view, but wants to know how to include something the point of view character couldn't possibly see or hear. This is easy enough in Third Person Omniscient point of view, but what OP requires is (as others have mentioned before you replied) a full scene or chapter break in order to introduce an entirely new PoV. It's actually not a simple issue, as it depends on a few different factors.

  43. Then they need to change the point of view for this section. Put it in italics or something. Have the main character listening. Make the conversation it's own chapter. Problem solved.

  44. Funny, that's what everyone else said an hour or two before you posted your confused comment.

  45. How close are you to finishing a draft? If you switch to third, you're probably going to have to rewrite the whole thing anyway. Maybe just finish a draft with your original vision then assess it afterwards?

  46. It depends on what area of writing you think you need help with. My top recommendation for general improvement Donald Maass's The Emotional Craft of Fiction.

  47. I need help in non-fiction writing like writing memoir and writing blog post (non-fiction). The book you recommend looks interesting, I'll get a copy.

  48. Ah. The creative writing degree made me think fiction for some reason, but despite having done a creative writing program alongside non-fiction writers myself, I completely forgot that encompasses creative non-fic. The book I mentioned is geared towards fiction, so I'm not sure how helpful it'd be. There is some universal application, though.

  49. It's really only epic fantasy that's known for longer word counts. That's not to say other subgenres can't run longer, but there's no requirement that a fantasy book be more than 100k words.

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