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Who am I?

Sometimes September C. Fawkes scares people with her enthusiasm for writing and reading. People may say she needs to get a social life. It'd be easier if her fictional one wasn't so interesting.

Fawkes wrote her first story on a whim during a school break when she was seven. Crayon-drawn, poorly spelled, and edited so that it contained huge, fat, blacked-out lines, the story (about chickens seeking water) changed her life. Growing up, she had a very active imagination; one of her best friends accused her of playing Barbies wrong when she turned Ken into a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde mad scientist love interest. Her passion for stories led to her playing "pretend" longer than is socially acceptable. It was partially a symptom of never wanting to become an adult. Luckily she never did. She became an editor and writer instead.

Fawkes has a soft spot for fantasy and science fiction, but she explores and reads anything well crafted. She has a passion for dissecting stories and likes to learn from a variety of genres, so you may find her discussing classics in one blog post and animated shows in anotherTry not to be afraid of either. (And do be sensitive to the fact she never did reach adulthood.)

September C. Fawkes graduated with an English degree with honors from Dixie State University, where she was the managing editor of The Southern Quill literary journal and had the pleasure of writing her thesis on Harry Potter. She was also able to complete an internship in which she wrote promotional pieces for events held in Southern Utah, like the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, and she participated in a creative open mic night, met some lovely people in a writers’ group, and worked as a tutor at the Writing Center. Her college experience, although demanding, was rewarding.

She liked it enough to consider getting her M.F.A., and she got accepted into a couple of programs, but decided to pass on it.

After schooling, she worked as an assistant for the New York Times best-selling author David Farland for seven years. Now, she offers her own freelance editing services at She has edited for both award-winning and best-selling authors and has worked on manuscripts written for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers, and specializes in the genres of fantasy and science fiction.

She regularly did work for and currently serves as a writing coach on (home of the Emotion Thesaurus). Her writing tip articles have appeared on Grammar Girl and in classrooms. Yearly, she presents and panels at Salt Lake Comic Con, the second largest Comic Con in the world.

Most days she hides out in her room, applies her butt to her chair, edits and writes. She has had poems, short fiction, and nonfiction published and is perpetually working on a fantasy series. She enjoys helping writers take their manuscripts to the next level.

Some of her favorite things include, but are not limited to, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Les Miserables, The X-Files, The Office, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, rock concerts, Muse, pugs, cherry blossoms, Ethel M. Chocolates, and anything yellow. 

Online she works under the name "September C. Fawkes" for anonymity. (For those unfamiliar with the last name, "Fawkes" rhymes with "hawks.")

The Blog

I'll be honest. I started this blog for myself. I wanted to write down my thoughts about writing and everything to do with it, have it in an organized place where I could look it up through a search feature when I needed it, and figured I'd do it publicly for anyone who wants to come along for the ride. It doesn't hurt as an online home base for my career either.

Secondly, I did do this blog for you. I try to tailor my thoughts so that the general person can read and follow along, so it's not just a "note to self." I also take post suggestions and questions from friends and followers. 

One of my top goals as a writer is to write fiction with intention and control (so by extension, one of the top purposes of this blog is to teach that to myself and others). This means bringing things we (or I) notice from the subconscious experience of reading and writing into the conscious part of the mind, learning how it functions, and gaining control over it so that we can give our readers an accurate story experience of what we intend. Some discovery writers may read that and say "This is not for me," but even discovery writing benefits from being conscious of story elements. In fact, being more conscious means you may have more elements you can discover. 

As with all writing tips and advice, take what rings true to you and feel free to leave the rest. Let my thoughts and opinions help you define your own as you agree or disagree with me. People learn and write in different ways, and no one has to do it the same way I do.

Blogging isn't a top priority in my life. I don't have time to make everything perfect. I'm editing others' manuscripts and writing a series myself. So you'll probably find typos from time to time or the occasional oddball sentence. Some people may be flabbergasted by this, especially from an editor, but hopefully they can see beyond it to the idea I'm trying to communicate (and remember the fact I'm only a rule-stickler when getting paid ;). The idea is always more important than the typo.


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    Ariadna Arredondo

  2. Hi. I find your blog very useful. Thank you for putting your thoughts out there.

    Pssst. You're missing a period in the third paragraph of The Blog.


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