I sat down with J Bryan Jones to join his
Coffee House Writer’s Group Podcast to discuss how to critique in a critique group.
It was a fantastic experience. J’s amazing and we ended up chatting for another hour afterwards on fantasy and science fiction, which could have filled another podcast easily.
(We had to stop recording for a moment because I couldn’t get Ernest Hemingway’s name to escape my brain. Super embarrassing for a writer type person. See if you can spot the cut.)
Mentioned in the Podcast:
Fantasy novels need rules. For fantasy, the big one is “How does magic work?”
That question literally supplied the plot of my first two novels. And the one I’m working on now.
Someone at Gizmodo has assembled a list for us: Rules of Magic.
TV Tropes is your friend, writer-type people. If you want to see the tropes and clichés of your genre laid bare, this is the place to go. Also, if you have several hours to spend on the internet.
Kristin Nelson, author of one of my favorite agent blogs,
Pub Rants, has some advice on openings to avoid, in four parts (thus far):
Definitely worth your time. In fact, it’s pretty easy to lose a whole afternoon there.
Just got name-dropped in the
Coffee House Writers Group podcast with Scott McClelland.
The Coffee House Writers Group is a writers group in the Los Angeles area designed to support writers through critique groups, presentations, and social events. I go to their
Wednesday Meetup in Long Beach, CA.
Beggar’s Crossing has been released by the Coffee House Writer’s Group, featuring fourteen short stories centering on a mysterious Arizona ghost town known only as Beggar’s Crossing.
You can find my first published short story “Tassels and Twins,” along with one of my writer buddy’s (Cory Rasmussen, with “The Space Between the Wind”).
It’s available at
Amazon or wherever fine marmosets are sold.