The Sea Writes Blog

On Spin-Offs

I have a “don’t read spin-offs” rule, but I break it all the time. A really common gripe readers have with spin offs is that “they’re just money grabs.” Here’s the thing: they’re not. The first book in a series almost always does the best in sales, and it usually just goes down from thereContinue reading “On Spin-Offs”

Review: Winterkeep, by Kristin Cashore

5/5 stars.

Ah, Winterkeep. Return to the land of Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue, and sail off into a previously unknown corner of this ever-expanding world. Follow a cast of both returning and new characters, including some animal narrators, as they dive deep into a treacherous republic known as Winterkeep.

Writing with Mythology

Mythology, in my experience, is incredibly fun to write with.

Myth is a code. It holds the values and fears and dreams shared by generations of people. It links everyone in a culture together. It’s mind blowing.

On Subverting Tropes

The Pros and Cons Tropes are everywhere. They’re taking over! Scratch that, they already have taken over. That’s not surprising. Humans like predictable patterns. After all, identifying them was immeasurably helpful in helping us survive that period of our evolution when we had to constantly run away from lions and scavenge for food and whatnot,Continue reading “On Subverting Tropes”

Review: Renegades, by Marissa Meyer

5/5 stars–minor spoilers in this review.

In this world of superheroes and anarchists, some humans known as “prodigies” have come by extraordinary powers. After the Age of Anarchy ended and a group of prodigies who call themselves the Renegades established justice and security in the city of Gatlon, a new villain rose.

NaNoWriMo: The End

The End. Two words I did not actually write this year. A hearty congratulations to all who did, and to all who participated, for that matter! Even if all you did was get your ideas onto a few sheets of paper, nothing else can be done without that first step. I didn’t get as muchContinue reading “NaNoWriMo: The End”

NaNoWriMo Check in #3

Ugh. I’ll start this check-in by admitting that I fell flat on my face this week. In regards to my writing goals, that is. Not literally (I do that a lot too, but it didn’t happen within the past seven days. I miss playing rugby.) In a separate, smaller, happy update, I bought some fancyContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Check in #3”

Good Marketing vs. Good Storytelling

Recently, as I was perusing the titles recommended to me by the internet, I spotted a fantasy series I hadn’t read before. The blurb was original and intriguing, so I checked the first book out from the library.

And promptly gave up on it about forty pages in.


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