Author: Nathan B. Weller

20 Essential Sci-Fi Books & Series

I’ve always loved sci-fi movies and television, but for whatever reason my reading habits have been drastically skewed towards fantasy for most of my life. However, since making the move from Columbus to San Diego I’ve been reading a ton of science fiction. I guess the drastic shift in location has inspired me to shift my reading interests as well (at least temporarily). The list below is comprised of the books and series I’ve been most impressed with since diving head long into my current sci-fi binge. Of course there are going to be a lot of great books...

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9 Fun Urban Fantasy Books & Series

When it comes to fiction I’m an enormous fan of just about anything magic related. I grew up reading a lot of high fantasy which typically takes place in a time period associated with the past, if not always our own world’s past. And like many lovers of fantasy I’ve often imagined how cool it would be if magic were around today – in the real world. Unfortunately, that will never happen; life spoiler: magic isn’t real. But urban fantasy is real and it explores the notion of epic fantasy style magic (and more) running wild in modern times....

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Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky

Years ago I made it a habit to always have a notebook on hand for jotting down ideas. Ideas about anything really, but as a writer I naturally tended to gravitate towards ideas about what I was working on or wanted to work on in the future. I quickly discovered that for anyone paying attention good ideas present themselves all the time and writing them down is no great feat. The hard part is choosing one and (for a time at least) ignoring the others so that you can actually execute your concept. Enter: Making Ideas Happen by Scott...

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12 Children’s Stories Adults Will Love Too

Even as an adult, I still find that many of my favorite stories are children’s stories. Maybe it’s because I got in more than my fair share of trouble as a child, but there’s always been something endearing to me about a precocious kid (or kids) who find themselves having improbable adventures. In this list of children’s stories adults will love too I’ve included tales that involve the magical, the scary, the unlikely, the hilarious, and even the seemingly mundane that make up what I believe to be some of the best reads in this category. 12 Children’s Stories...

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How-to: Create Characters That Drive Plot

The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lejos Egri has been a favorite resource of mine for several years. While it is specifically written for playwrights, it’s easy to take the principles taught and apply them to any type of dramatic writing. Egri’s approach to writing is strict and scientific. He believes that a good story should begin with a clear premise; a single sentence forming a thumbnail synopsis of the entire piece. This super specific “story goal” is then achieved by carefully crafting characters that when brought together under the right circumstances, will naturally drive the story forward from...

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