Writing

Lessons From the Hyped Writing of Dawn of Wonder

Art showing man holding sword, with a fortress in the background
As soon as I spotted the cover for Jonathan Renshaw’s Dawn of Wonder, The Wakening, I knew this was the book to critique. “Dawn of Wonder” is already dramatic sounding, and adding “The Wakening” pushes it into melodrama. It doesn’t help that these words border on cliché. In addition, this book has 3,700+ reviews and only a D rating on Fakespot. The early chapters are available to read with Amazon’s Look Inside feature, so you can follow along there if you like.

Let’s dig into to what this… awk!

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Storytelling

Four Challenges of Nonlinear Narratives

A typical story opens when a problem appears and moves forward steadily in time until that problem is resolved. This linear progression is popular for good reason. It’s easier for us humans with our puny three-dimensional existence to understand, and it keeps us guessing what … read more »