priceofdoingbusiness_cov1_smToday, I am back at Magical Words, the blog on the craft and business of writing that I co-founded with Faith Hunter and Misty Massey, writing about creating characters, and celebrating the release of the newest Thieftaker short story, “The Price of Doing Business.”  The story can be found today at Tor.com. It is about Ethan Kaille’s first encounter with the lovely and deadly Sephira Pryce, who would become his rival in thieftaking and his arch nemesis.  The post can be found here.  I hope that you will check out both the story and the post, and I hope that you enjoy them both.

After about a six-week hiatus from posting, I am back at Magical Words, the blogsite on the craft and business of writing that I co-founded and continue to maintain with Faith Hunter and Misty Massey.  Today’s post is about plotting and pantsing, and the ways in which the nature of the book itself can dictate the best approach to take.  It is called, “The Plotter Goes Pantsing:  The Relationship Between Process and Product.

I have spent the past several weeks finishing one book, revising another, and writing the early chapters of a third. For the last few days I’ve been proofreading the galleys for yet another novel, A Plunder of Souls, the third Thieftaker book.  Busy times, but as any writer will tell you, busy is good.  It’s nice, though, to be posting again, and I hope that this marks the first of more posts to come in the coming weeks and months.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy today’s essay.

I’m back at Magical Words today with the latest Blog Tour installment.  This one is a post about using Point of View to solve problems that crop up with our writing.  The post can be found here.

“…Point of view is the nexus of character and narrative; it is the place where our character arcs and our story arcs come together.  It is how we inject emotion and meaning into our plot points.  But what struck me so forcefully at this summer’s conventions and writing workshop, is that POV is also the answer to so many problems that we run into as writers when working on a novel.”

Check out the post to read more!

Today the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour is back at Magical Words, the group blog on the craft and business of writing that I maintain, as David B. Coe, with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, John Hartness, James Tuck, and Mindy Klasky, among others.  Today’s post coincides with the dropping off of my oldest child at college for her freshman year.  So it is called “Grist For the Mill:  Emotion and Creativity,” and it is about using personal experience and emotion and memory to strengthen the emotional content of our books and stories.  I hope you enjoy it.  And I hope to see many of you at DragonCon later this week!

Today is a very special day on the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour.  I am at Bitten By Books for an all-day book launch and giveaway.  Actually, I’m not there — Sephira Pryce is.  For those of you who don’t know, Sephira is the nemesis of my hero, Ethan Kaille, in the Thieftaker books.  She is the most renowned, influential, and successful thieftaker in Boston; she is also ruthless, dangerous, cruel, keenly intelligent, and charmingly alluring.  I hope you will stop by to ask her a question or two.  Here is the link:

http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=64742

The event at Bitten By Books includes a giveaway for a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.  Here is the rafflecoptor widget that will enable you to enter the contest.  You can also access the giveaway at the link above.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODJlMmZkN2E1MTJhNDQwNWU0YmYzNDMxNTI5M2FjOjExMw==/

I hope you enjoy today’s event and the interview with Sephira.  And best of luck in the contest!

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. The post is called “On Creativity: Narrative, Fiction, and Life” It is a special post, written on a very special day in my life. I hope you enjoy it.

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. The post is called “On Writing and Creativity: Who Are Our Characters?” In it I discuss the work I do to give my characters personalities, emotions, and even opinions that are unique, and not at all my own. I hope you enjoy the post.

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. The post is called “On Writing: Why I Love Writing Short Fiction.” It’s about the different approaches I take to writing short stories and novels. I hope you enjoy it.

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. The post is called “Turnabout is Fair Play: Your Turn to Critique MY Work.” In it, I present the opening paragraphs of my current work-in-progress, explain what I hope to accomplish with each paragraph, and then invite readers to critique the passage. I hope you enjoy it.

Today, I continue my series of Creative Intersections posts, which blend different aspects of writing, with another installment at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, Kalayna Price, John Hartness, and James Tuck, among others.  The post is called “Creative Intersections:  Worldbuilding and Plot” and it discusses the ways in which setting and plot can interact in our stories.  I hope you enjoy it.

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