Wednesday, February 09, 2011

For/From Indie Authors: Daniel Arenson

Daniel Arenson is an author of fantasy fiction, from epic to dark and surreal. Like many writers, he began his career writing short stories. He sold his first story, "Worms Believe in God", in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various magazines, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card's Strong Verse. Five Star Publishing, an imprint of Gale, published Daniel's fantasy novel Firefly Island in 2007. His second novel, the dark fantasy Flaming Dove, was released in 2010. The Gods of Dream, an epic Advice, is Daniel's third novel.

Advice from Daniel Arenson:

  • Avoid pleonasms! New writers often use too many words. They write about shining suns, or trees that gently sway in soft breezes, or characters who glower angrily while tightly clenching their fists. Cut out the dead weight. Remove unnecessary modifiers. Use as few words as possible.
  • Avoid head-hopping. Too often, new writers write from the point-of-view of one character, but suddenly reveal the thoughts of another. Study third-person strict POV. I find that works best, and it's the method I use.
  • Obviously, read a lot across different genres. A good guideline is to read as much as you write. If you write an hour a day, read an hour a day.

My Website:

Firefly Island on Kindle

Flaming Dove on Kindle

The Gods of Dream on Kindle

Eye of the Wizard on Kindle

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post. I love the covers, by the way.


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