Category 'On Writing'


My Favorite Villain

My Favorite Villain

May 19, 2017 | Under Books, On Writing | Posted by | No Comments

Much of the focus of my stories is on the path of heroes, since, as Joseph Campbell so wisely taught, every great and enduring adventure involves the journey of a hero who works toward a worthy goal. But some of the most memorable stories have another very important character…. the villain. Villains are hugely important…

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More Magical Origin Stories… By Fans Like You!

In my last blog entry I shared a few of the entries from my recent Origin Story contest. The competition invited fans of my books to imagine the background of any character from one of my books, and write a short piece of fiction outlining their history. I can’t tell you how pleased I am…

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Magical Origin Stories Written by Readers

Exploring stories of untold beginnings has always appealed to me as a writer. My Merlin Saga began after I wondered about the early life of the man who became the wise and powerful old wizard we know so well from the tales of Arthurian legend. And instead of focusing solely on the mystery of the…

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Giving Birth to a New Book

Giving Birth to a New Book

January 19, 2017 | Under Books, On Writing | Posted by | No Comments

The very first time I hold a new book that I’ve written, I gently give it a loving hug… just as if it were a newborn baby. And maybe, in a way, it is. For giving a new book to the world is the closest thing to delivering life that I will ever be able…

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How Are You Inspired by Nature?

While hiking in California some years ago, I found the most magnificent tree I’d ever seen—a redwood of such grandeur that I nearly fell over backward trying to see its highest boughs. As I came closer, the smell of its resins enveloped me, and when I ran my hand across the deep creases of its…

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Why Write About Nature?

Have you ever seen the stars shine so bright you almost needed to squint your eyes? On peaceful nights when I look up at the dazzling stars shining above our family cabin on the slopes of the Colorado Rockies, I understand the power of nature to make me feel both truly insignificant and greatly magnified…

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How I Got My Start As A Writer

How I Got My Start As A Writer

January 21, 2015 | Under On Writing | Posted by | 7 Comments

I have always loved the world of stories, ever since I was a kid. In fact, I loved stories so much that I even made up my own little magazine when I was in 5th or 6th grade. Unfortunately that little venture almost got me expelled when I decided to do a little exposé about…

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Dragons I Have Known

Dragons I Have Known

November 6, 2014 | Under On Writing | Posted by | 4 Comments

“How do you describe a dragon?“ Dragons are a frequent subject in the marvelous messages I receive from readers, and many of them have put this question to me in one form or another. Describing characters well is a great challenge for any writer, and the truth is I use the same three-layered process to…

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TABarron.com Tours: For Writers

Welcome back to my website tour series exploring the “For” sections of my website. So far, I’ve covered For Readers and For Educators. I hope you’ve found these pages and the resources within fun and useful. This month, we’ll take a quick tour through the For Writers section. I’m often asked for advice on writing…

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Questions from Readers About How I Develop And Write My Stories

One of the best things about being a writer with lots of loyal readers is the opportunity to answer your questions! From time-to-time I write on this blog to answer some of your questions. This post is about how I develop and write my stories. Q. How do you generate your ideas? A. My best…

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