The Author’s Journey

How to Become the Best Epic Fantasy Writer
Hello, dear reader. In my last post, I wrote a fantasy blurb by breaking down the individual components of best-selling blurbs in the genre, then used those pieces to create my own. The result was very well received. I posted my blurb to a group that specialized in blurb feedback, and other than a few minor...
An Exercise in Writing a YA Fantasy Book Blurb
Whenever I’m getting ready to release a new book, I like to perform a “blurb analysis” of several books in the same genre in order to craft my own blurb that will appeal to the same group of people. Today, I thought I’d document that process for you.
A Focus on Craft for Self-publishers
Book marketing is great, but… It’s become clear that it’s only part of what you need. I’ve had a lot of thoughts on this subject for a while, and needed to type them out. Hope that’s okay to share them here.
Popular Film, Criticism, and the Oscars
On August 8th, 2018, the organization behind the Academy Awards announced that they were going to issue a new “Best Popular Film” category. Needless to say, an announcement like this stirred a lot of controversy. When I first heard about it, I initially agreed with many of the naysayers. I was worried that this was...
Health, Diet, and Writing
I have a personal experience I’d like to share. For the past two years I’ve been studying the art of writing and self-publishing, and I’ve been doing my best to establish writing habits. But I struggled a lot to maintain the routines I set up. Sometimes I would just not have the energy, or I’d...
Writing Lessons from Skyrim: Worldbuilding
Skyrim is a video game that came out in 2011, yet 7 years later it still holds up as one of the best fantasy video games of all time. It helps that the game is absolutely massive, and you could put literally thousands of hours into it. And many have. I myself have probably put...
This is going to be a slightly more personal post, which I don’t plan to be a habit here at The Nerdy Novel. However, it’s a question I think begs an answer,  particularly for those of you who are considering self-publishing your book for the first time.
The Basics of Storytelling: Plot, Character, and Setting
The Lord of the Rings popularized many concepts that now seem cliche. Part of its success owes to an incredible balance of the three essentials of storytelling: plot, character, and setting. We’re going to talk about how all three essential ingredients, and what you can do to maintain balance between them. 
Hey guys today we’re going to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of various storytelling mediums like books vs movies, that kind of thing. I’ll also talk about which forms are my favorite methods to tell a story, and why.
I first came across the idea of writing to market in a book by Chris Fox entitled, simply enough, Write to Market. It’s a great book, and I highly recommend you read it. I’ve linked it below. I’m not going to go into extreme detail in this post on how to write to market (I’ll save...
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