Jim Butcher is among my top five working fiction writers today. This is primarily because of his Dresden Files series which stands at 15 books, along with one anthology of short stories called Side Jobs.
What I’m about Jim is the way he writes his characters. Every character he writes (especially the bad guys) have some redeeming quality that makes you able to root for them if you are so inclined.
What I like most about Jim is his accessibility with fans. He has a LiveJournal where he discusses how he writes his books.
Jim’s writing teacher Debbie Chester actually wrote a book called the Fantasy Fiction Formula which expands on the lessons in his LiveJournal from the source that Jim got his knowledge.
If you’re a writer who needs to write outlines to get your work done I highly recommend that book.
Back in 2015 I gave Jim crap over twitter because I was having a medical crisis and I was afraid I wasn’t going to live to see the end of the series that I love so much.
He couldn’t have been nicer about it. Jim is one of those few examples where you meet your heroes and their nicer, more compassionate, and more supportive than you could have possibly imagined. Thanks for making my life better Jim.
While I still plan to wait until the entire series to buy future volumes, I have to say Jim is one of the best writers I know. And he inspires me to keep working at my craft so my stories are as entertaining as his have been.
If you want an excellent example of how to write a series that doesn’t get stale, and retread the same old ground, I highly recommend The Dresden Files
There are 3 major secrets to The Dresden Files success.
1. Jim employs the scene/sequel method in order to write his books.
2. Harry Dresden’s story has an ending. This allows the bad guys to get tougher, Harry to level up as necessary, and for the stories to remain interesting.
3. The characters are interesting. Things aren’t black and white, or simply good versus evil. Every character has a motivation behind what they’re doing.
Thanks Jim for all you do to entertain, inspire, and educate your audience about what it takes to be a successful professional storyteller. My life is better because you chose to tell their stories.
If You Want to Learn to Write like Jim Butcher Start with These Resources
The Fantasy Fiction Formula
by Debbie Chester
Blowing Things up (how to write scenes)
And Making People Care about It (how to write sequels)
The Dresden Files
Side Jobs – an anthology of short stories set in the Dresden files universe.
Streak Day 6
413 words using Dragon with no timer