I have grown and failed time and time again.
There are different levels of failure and most of them are on display for everyone to see.Read More
Back at the first NerdCon:Stories (2015), I attended a panel where Patrick Rothfuss commented that he's found with new writers, especially if their work is good, that it usually leads to breakdowns in their life, usually resulting in divorce. When he reads an exception first book, he does what he can to find that author's contact info and call them up to ask, "Hey. Are you okay?"
I never got a call like that.
However, I can't help but recognize that occurrence in my life. It's something that's stuck with me, and it's been easier to coast off that ideal in the year plus since my divorce and the release of my first book.Read More
Internal monologues are those type of things that writers have relied upon for decades, centuries even. And, properly applied, they are effective. Most of the time, however, they are used as a stand-in for action or actual conversation.Read More
For me, question scenes are among the biggest sins you can commit as a writer. I define a question scene as an encounter between characters where one person has a point to make and the other is there to receive it, by being a sounding board and just parroting it back to the original speaker. In other words, it's an info dump but with two characters kinda-sorta speaking.Read More
After years of dedicated work and entirely too many edits, Of Gods and Madness: The Faithful has finally got a release date! Of course, I'm great at this and spoiled it in the title of this post, but damn, I'm excited. I've got proof copies now that I'm perfecting for its final release date.
Now that I've done this, I've got to face the realization that, yes, I do have to work on other novels.Read More
This might just be a me thing, but I definitely felt out of place at Association of Writers & Writing Programs 2015 (AWP15). This year, it's a land of resolving unlikable characters, MFAs, Lit Mags, and Chap Books. As a genre writer who has been doing this for ten years, I felt like I was the minority to which there were few reprieves.Read More
The personal and professional blog of Fantasy Noir author, Justin D. Herd. The site contains short stories, anecdotes, personal recollections, and sections of his current novels. He's sincerely transparent about his life and what's going on in his career.
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