Ryan M. Church

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The Only True Grail

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Mad Genius Club

As a writer, I strive for the moment of awe.  I know myself and my abilities, and I know at most, most of the time, I come closer to the moment of “aw” which can be achieved just as profitably by looking at a picture of a cute kitten hugging a teddy bear.

But I know what I want to do – where I want to go – I’ve been there.  Not often.

Books don’t have that much impact on me anymore.  Oh, I’m not saying I’m jaded – okay, I’m jaded – but I’ve been reading stories since… well… I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t read or didn’t like to read stories.  I think the earliest stories I read were Disney comics (don’t judge me!) and “read” might be a slight misnomer, since I learned to “read” them by memorizing the words my brother read and associating…

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Three Things Authors Overlook When Writing Fiction

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

reminder-965820-mThere are some tactics and tendencies writers tend to abuse–we talked about a handful last time–but there are also techniques and approaches that writers don’t take full advantage of. I’d love to start a discussion about some of those things today.

Some items in this list are more emotional/ mental, dealing with how we approach our writing. One is more practical (at least in application). But they are all things I know I, at least, tend to undervalue or pass over.


One of my basic rules of writing is “trust your reader.” Why? When I started writing I thought I had to spell out everything explicitly, and many times that is far, far from necessary.

Some things are easy to connect, or to comprehend. We are all human beings, after all, and we all have a shared understanding of the human condition, even…

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