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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 #22

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 reviewed the overall outline and reread all of the chapter summaries in sequence. I thought about themes and and improvements to […]

Cliffhangers, Resolutions, and Tension

Last time, I discussed conflict as the engine that drives a story forward. Conflict is one of the primary ways to create tension in a story. Tension not only makes the reader want to find out what happens next, it is a valuable tool to direct pacing — how fast or slow the story feels. […]

Razor Mountain Development Journal #21

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 With my initial chapter outlines done, I took some time to consider what my high-level goals are as I revise those outlines. […]


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