Writing and Fantasy

  • How Long Should a Chapter Be?

    December 12, 2019 by

    Judging from Facebook writers’ groups, chapter lengths are one of the main anxieties of new writers. Hardly a week goes by without someone obsessing about whether their chapters are too short, or too long, and craving for a scrap of certainty that, frankly doesn’t exist. I could say that I have seen chapters of two… Read more

  • Serving Two Masters: When a Teacher Tries to Become a Writer

    December 8, 2019 by

    I’ve been a teacher for 15 years. It wasn’t my first choice of profession, no, rather, I was somewhat pushed into it by circumstance, that circumstancing being my life in China. In 2003 a foreigner in China had few options. You could study Chinese, you could sing and dance onstage, or you could teach. Since… Read more

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