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On Rewriting

“Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten.” —Michael Crichton “Listen, you can’t polish a turd” —Geoffrey Stokes I love the above two quotes. I love them because they’re, in some ways, opposed. In other ways, they completely encapsulate my...

The Top 3 Mary Sue Characters

A “Mary Sue” is perfect. Handsome or beautiful, smart, successful, morally flawless, etc. They drive me crazy. And they’re no fun to read about. I mean, reading about a perfect character is almost as bad as having your perfect friend tell you how hard it was to choose...

Robert Jordan wrote me a letter

I was living in France, thirteen years old, when Robert Jordan wrote me a letter. To say I was a fan, would be an understatement. I read everything James Oliver Rigney Jr. wrote. Twice. But it wasn’t enough. I wanted to be involved in the world Robert Jordan was...