If you have been around here on my blog for a while, you’ll know that I published my two fairy tale retelling novels almost a year ago, exclusively for Kindle. I had a bunch of -I think- rational reasons for not wanting to publish in hardcopy, but the people kept asking. So here’s the breakdown …
This month, we’re looking into inspiration, how it influences my writing, and how you can use it to best effect.
The Deathly Hallows. The One Ring. The Heart of Te Fiti. One of the funnest things about diving into a good story is getting to explore the culture or cultures, and one of the most important part of culture is lore.
The practice of writing is an arcane and and mysterious art. The muse is fickle, the tap is sluggish, and the struggle is real. So, what do we writers do to keep the wheels turning–or get then going to start with?
Dialogue can be a tricky thing. The trend is against words like, ‘declared’ and ‘answered,’ but writing, ‘said’ too many times can be just as stifling and boring. So what do you do to inject some life into the scene? Action tags may be the answer.
Last year, a big trend was the One Word Challenge, where we chose one word to define the coming year. I chose Focus because I had so much that I wanted to do, and my life was so chaotic that I felt I really needed to buckle down if I ever wanted to get off …
It’s been quite some time since my last blog post, and while I feel a little bad for setting my blog on the back burner, I’m heartened by knowing that the reason for my absence was due to a big event in my life.
No, not revenge. Well, maybe. Plot, at its most basic principle, is the series of events that make up your story. You could have the most well-rounded and complicated characters, and the most detailed setting in the world. But without plot, it’s just not a story.
Characters: the drivers of the plot and the people we get attached to. You can’t have a story without them, so how do you actually create a good believable character from nothing?
One of the most important aspects of storytelling is creating a vibrant world. In many ways, the setting is a silent character and a driver of plot. Even if your story is set in modern-day Chicago, not everyone who reads it will be in modern-day Chicago, walking the streets, so you need to be able …