Susan J. Morris
Omnivoracious Editor
A very logical child, Susan grew up reading stories about monsters by night and looking for them on the playground by day--scientifically rigorously--because she couldn't believe the world would be so boring as to be born without monsters. Dark, poetic, gritty sci-fi/fantasy and YA are her favorite inspirations, but she maintains that "It was there" is also a perfectly valid excuse to read a book.

Recent posts by Susan

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Writing with Repercussions

Writing isn’t just about action and dialogue and description. It’s not even just about all that and a few characters and a plot. Because what brings it to life—more than vivid descriptions, intricate world building, and scintillating dialogue, all put...

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Guy Gavriel Kay on Writing River of Stars

When you pick up a Guy Gavriel Kay book, you know you are in for an intense experience. Guy Gavriel Kay is a master at creating compelling, complex, human characters in which the reader can’t help but become invested—even if...

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How Important Is It to Write About [Vampires]?

Do you have a question about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email in your questions...

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Sarah Russo on How to Promote Your Book (and Yourself)

Do you have a quest ion about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email in your...

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How to Write a Damn Good Dance Scene

Do you have a question about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email in your questions...

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R. A. Salvatore on Using First and Third Person in the Same Book

Do you have a question about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email your question in...

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What’s Genre Good For, Anyway?

Do you have a question about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email in your questions...

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How Writing a Short Story Differs From Writing a Novel

Do you have a question about your fantasy nov el, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer (or even just a question about writing or the column in general)? If so, please email in your...

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Ask Writers Don’t Cry

Do you have a question about your fantasy novel, short story, or spot of flash fiction that’s burning for an answer? Or, have you recently read a socks-off-knocking, page-a-rocking fantasy epic, with this thing that does this other thing that’s...

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Validation and the Writer

As every writer knows all too well, validation? Is hard to come by. At a job, it’s “good job” on getting there on time, on nailing that sales pitch, and on bringing in those tasty donuts (teambuilding, people!). At an...

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The Whys, Whats, and Wherefores of Story Arcs

Say you have an awesome book—but it’s long. Too long. So you cut it in half: now you have two books. Easy enough, right? For fixing page count, sure! But when it comes to the enjoyment factor of the book...

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