The Science of Superpowers

Writers have a kind of superpower. We’re illusionists, of a sort. But where a magician invites your disbelief—indeed, taunts it from you with tricks—a writer conjures coherent fantasy from your mind, just as a laser emits coherent light. A story drafted with art...
The Danger of Conquering the Muse

The Danger of Conquering the Muse

I never know what book I’m going to write next, not really. I can plan and schedule and figure out how many words I need to write on this or that project by this or that date, but when it comes down to it, I never know which path my inspiration will take me. It...

On Writing for Yourself

Every author has ideas they want to get out into the world. Sometimes, the story isn’t about finding an audience. Sometimes, the story isn’t about gaining readers. Sometimes, the story is written for the sole benefit of the author. I’m speaking...