The following 6-point guide to character writing is comprised of two 3-point guides. The first three exercises should help you create a functional character. The next three should help you turn that functional character into a compelling one. You know those lists of questions intended to help writers develop their characters? What is your character’s… Continue reading A Gardener’s Guide to Character Writing – 6 exercises to create a functional & fully realized character
Giving progress updates on City of Ghosts is difficult because the book has already been drafted multiple times (the most recent draft having been completed during my senior year of college, 2014) so most of the work involves rewriting and restructuring. As far as that process goes, I'd estimate that I'm about 25% done. It's… Continue reading July 2019 Writing Update
A lot of weird things happen to a story when you work on it from age twelve to twenty-six. The Theonite Series has gone with me through puberty, my first crushes, my Harry Potter phase, my Batman phase, my Star Wars phase, my Shounen anime phase, changing shape with each one. That much thematic confusion… Continue reading Finding a Fantasy World (by turning ours upside down): An Uncomfortably Personal Look Back on the Creation of Duna
Hello Dear Readers! M. L. Wang here. With The Sword of Kaigen coming out in two weeks, I wanted to ramble a bit about the setting, characters, magic system, and the general experience of writing a 600-page fantasy. The Setting While I went to extreme, conscious lengths to research to the West African cultures that inspired the… Continue reading About my upcoming novel – The Sword of Kaigen
Hello Dear Readers! M. L. Wang here to let you know that this month, I will be donating 10 signed copies of Theonite:Planet Adyn to the giveaway for Megan Tennant’s Indiecember Reading Challenge! To find out how to win one of these copies, as well as other indie books, goodies and gift cards, you can watch Megan Tennant's Indiecember… Continue reading Book Giveaway! #Indiecember Reading Challenge
Through the month of December, 50% of my royalties will go to the Against Malaria Foundation! For newcomers to this site who aren’t aware, my Theonite Series is a YA story in which a team of super-powered misfits fight crime in an African-dominated parallel universe. The world-building of Theonite is heavily based on West African culture (specifically that of the Mande… Continue reading It’s Charity Month Again! Buy a Book to Fight Malaria!
M. L. Wang here, author of the Theonite Series. Last year, I donated 100% of my December royalties to charity (specifically the Against Malaria Foundation) and ended up selling triple the number of books I had in previous months. Since I am relying more heavily on my books for income this year (last year I worked… Continue reading #AuthorsAgainstAffliction – a chance for authors and readers to support charity through their love of books!
Hello Dear Readers! I'm delighted to let you know that The Sword of Kaigen finally has its release date! Ebook and paperback versions will go live on Amazon February 19th, 2019! Subscribe to the newsletter to stay up to date on all things SoK, from ARC availability, to giveaways, to pre-order rewards! A mother struggling to… Continue reading The Sword of Kaigen RELEASE DATE!