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Finding Your Own Voice

Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 @ 4:30 pm in Articles | Comments Off

Finding Your Own Voice (or, in other words, how to make characters feel real) by Jeff Wheeler   Inside almost every work of fiction, usually on the copyright page, is a disclaimer that publishers put there to deflect potential lawsuits stating that the incidents and people represented in the work are fictional and any resemblance […]

Sci-Fi Roots

Posted: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 @ 3:27 pm in Articles | 5 Comments »

I’m a fantasy author, but it may surprise you to know that my first love was science fiction. I still have strong memories and impressions dating back to 1977 when I was sitting in the Century movie theaters on Winchester Blvd in San Jose (which, incidentally, kind of looked like a trio of mini-Death Stars) […]

What love really looks like

Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2016 @ 8:19 pm in Articles, Jeff's Blog | 2 Comments »

I don’t know if I’ve been a hopeless romantic for most of my life, but probably so. All my books have some romance in them–well, except maybe the Wishing Lantern! One of the reasons I’ve loved The Empire Strikes Back so much is it coined the phrase “scruffy-looking nerf herder” which continues to be an inside […]

The lonely profession

Posted: Friday, January 22nd, 2016 @ 5:51 pm in Articles, Jeff's Blog | 2 Comments »

I’ve had some conversations and interactions lately that have reminded me that writing is truly “the lonely profession.” Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining nor is this posting a rant. Being an introvert, I’m very comfortable in my own head (where all my characters live!) and I don’t often feel the lack of […]

Developing Characters – the Johari Window

Posted: Thursday, January 15th, 2015 @ 6:49 pm in Articles, Jeff's Blog | 1 Comment »

One of the most satisfying things about reading a book is watching how characters progress. Robert Olen Butler talked about human yearning being the key driver of any story, that writing “is the art form of human yearning.” In the Muirwood Trilogy, Lia hungered to learn how to read, then to serve the Medium, and […]

There is power in persistence

Posted: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 @ 4:57 pm in Articles, Jeff's Blog | 5 Comments »

There is power in persistence. I have told this story several times to friends and family, but I do not think I have shared it on my blog. There was a time, three years ago, when I was tempted to quit writing. In 2011, I had self-published the Muirwood Trilogy and the reviews were good, […]

The Imagination Muscle

Posted: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 @ 4:41 pm in Articles, Jeff's Blog | 3 Comments »

From time to time, I get requests for writing advice. I’m not very big on offering writing advice because I truly believe there isn’t one way to do this business and what works for me won’t necessarily work for someone else. Instead, I’m a believer that practicing writing is the way to go (such as […]

Destruction and Creation

Posted: Monday, April 14th, 2014 @ 4:02 pm in Articles, Jeff's Blog | 1 Comment »

I read a great essay many years ago by a famous US Air Force pilot named John Boyd. He had a very interesting life and there’s a great book about him called Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War. Reading that book led me to pursue some of John Boyd’s original writings, […]

The Bookstore Apocalypse

Posted: Saturday, March 15th, 2014 @ 5:12 pm in Articles, Jeff's Blog | 1 Comment »

My wife loves to watch Morning Joe and told me about a recent interview that the author James Patterson gave. He’s donating $1 million dollars to help independent bookstores survive. http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/how-to-preserve-the-cherished-local-bookstore-184294467957 I have no problem with how he spends his own money, but there was a lot of interesting observations in the interview about how […]

Here There Be Dragons

Posted: Saturday, November 16th, 2013 @ 6:26 pm in Articles, Jeff's Blog | Comments Off

There is something essential about having a map in a fantasy world. Back during medieval times, a cartographer would reach the edge of their known world and often draw a picture of a dragon or a sea serpent with the label, “Here There Be Dragons”—meaning, in short, “I have no idea what’s over here.” I […]