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Welcome to Words Deferred. I’m Sam Johnston. I write software by day, and fiction by night.

I post about the art and craft of writing fiction. I also post serial fiction – novels, one bite at a time – and take you behind the scenes to look at my writing process.

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(New blog posts every Monday morning. New serial fiction or writing process journals every Friday morning.)

Razor Mountain Development Journal #20

This is part of my ongoing series where I’m documenting the development of my serial novel, Razor Mountain. Be forewarned, there are spoilers ahead! You can start from the beginning here. Last Time I worked out details of Reed’s second attack on Christopher. Then I outlined all of the Act III chapters. I have a […]

The Clan of Novels Set Far in the Past

Originally posted on Dave Astor on Literature:
Jean M. Auel Every novel is a work of imagination, but sometimes the imagination can be more striking than usual. That’s certainly the case with fiction set way back in time. By “way back in time” I don’t mean several centuries. I’m talking about novels written in our…

Writing Lessons from Dungeons and Dragons

I recently wrapped up a Dungeons and Dragons campaign that I’ve been running for over a year. This is the longest that I’ve run a group, and it’s been a fun experience with a lot of lessons learned along the way. Many of those lessons are specific to D&D and to table-top role-playing games in […]


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