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Hey all!

I don’t have a profound post for this weekend, mostly because I’ll be out of town again this upcoming weekend. Sadly, unlike our last jaunt, we’re attending the funeral for a family friend who was killed in Afghanistan last week.  If you can take a moment to spare a prayer, thought, or whatever suits your beliefs, for this family and his widow, I’d greatly appreciate it.

So instead of some pithy thoughts, I’ll share some links which I think will be a great help to your writing (or, you know, a great distraction).  First, Patricia C. Wrede’s blog.  The author of the famous children’s series, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Wrede is one solid fantasy writer who blogs regularly with tips on how to improve your own writing and editing.  One of her latest posts was about how to handle prologues, which I found extremely useful.  Although Wrede has done some things with her storytelling lately that I don’t approve of (that’s a post for another day), she’s a darn good writer and a great resource.

Next, the ultimate distraction: TV Tropes.  Be warned, when you click on that link, you will end spending hours browsing the site, checking out different tropes (or devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations–not necessarily, cliches, as tropes are neutral).  This wiki is fun, although depending on your mood, it can either be helpful or hurtful.  Just remember, like Wicked said a few posts back, even though everything’s been done before, your story is still important and your success on putting these elements together, plus your own voice, is what will help you sell your book in the end.

I think my work is done here for now.  Now I’m off to travel through hyperspace and honor a fallen soldier.

May the Force be with you,


Leave a comment


  1. Hey Jedi,
    The Wicked family send their love and prayers to you and yours for this loss. Be safe!

  2. A fallen warrior is a great loss, a fallen father, brother, son, friend is a tragedy. God will raise you up and carry those who know him through their grief.


  3. Susan Foss

     /  January 31, 2012

    Thanks W and E, that means a lot to me. 🙂


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