The Substance of Magic in Fiction

Column by Leah Dearborn August 31, 2016
From Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series to the Kingkiller Chronicles of Patrick Rothfuss, every author has a different system and set of rules for how magic should work in their own enclosed world.

Like a Broken Record: Are There Really Only Seven Plots?

Column by Leah Dearborn May 20, 2014
Is any author truly innovative, or are all stories built on one of only seven sets of blueprints?