Author Journey

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How I Sustained Writing Fanfiction for Seven Years

I regularly posted Fanfiction between 2008 and 2015, with an 11-month dry spell between 2014 and 2015. Looking back, that’s amazing. I don’t even know my total word count on Fanfiction.net, but it’s easily over 350,000 words.

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What Fanfiction Taught Me About Writing

Fanfiction (for the uninitiated) is the term for fan-written stories about established universes and characters, as long as the original author is okay with it. There are two big platforms for FF: Fanfiction.net, and Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Being Willing to Kill Your Darlings

Stephen King once said that to be a good writer, you must be willing to kill your darlings. When I first heard that quote, I shuddered. I love my characters deeply—how could I possibly stomach killing any of them off in the story?

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NaNoWriMo: How I Wrote 52,000 Words in 30 Days

Writing a book is hard, and it takes a long time. At least, that’s what conventional wisdom tells us. I wrote the first 52,000 words of The Prophets of Camlaan in the 30 days of NaNoWriMo 2018. And once the words and story started flowing, it didn’t feel so hard.