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Month: August 2018

Why Read (and Write) Fantasy

Why Read (and Write) Fantasy

Not infrequently, I run into adults who are clearly skeptical about fantasy novels. Sometimes they even ask why I write fantasy rather than something “real.” These same adults roll their eyes when their kids read Rick Riordan or J. K. Rowling and say, “Well, at least they’re reading,” as if a fantasy novel is some sort of lesser book that might build a bridge to “real” reading. In at least one way, I understand that skepticism because I’m an intensely…

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Write True

Write True

When I write, I usually have all sorts of sticky notes pasted around my desk and screen. Some of them are thoughts I don’t want to forget about the story I’m working on, but some of them are general writing advice to myself. Things like “Resist the urge to explain” and, most importantly, “Write true.” All good stories are true Truth matters. People instinctively recognize falsity even if they don’t articulate that recognition other than in the trivial way of…

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