On Writing

My Process for Writing Fantasy

[I did this interview for an online fantasy community about my writing process, how to break writer's block, my favorite mythical creature and more...] What inspired your novel, The Shadow Watch, and how long did it take to complete it? The original, and most basic, inspiration came from an idea I had many years ago,… Continue reading My Process for Writing Fantasy

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Creating a Story with Inherent Conflict and Memorable Settings (Worldbuilding — Part 3)

In my last worldbuilding post, I used the example of a gallows in the town square, and talked about how pointed details can accomplish much more in establishing the setting of your story than pages of gratuitous details. Not only does that gallows set a tone quickly, but it is a function in the story… Continue reading Creating a Story with Inherent Conflict and Memorable Settings (Worldbuilding — Part 3)

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A World in the Details — (Worldbuilding Part Two — Making Your Details Matter)

In yesterday's post, we talked about how one of the biggest writing mistakes is often found in the setting, often most noticeably evident with a lot of info-dumping at the beginning of the novel, describing what the setting is like, how the world works, setting a tone through colorful prose. These are great and necessary… Continue reading A World in the Details — (Worldbuilding Part Two — Making Your Details Matter)

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Worldbuilding Through Action (A World in the Details — Part One)

Perhaps one of the greatest rookie mistakes in writing is found in the setting. Not because the setting is no good, but because beginning writers tend to info-dump their setting into paragraph upon paragraph of details, all in the first couple chapters when you are supposed to be hooking the reader. Setting is one of… Continue reading Worldbuilding Through Action (A World in the Details — Part One)

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Overthinking the Little Trouble Spots and Writer’s Block

I am a nerd, and I love world-building. I love coming up with all the little details and why the world is the way it is in my stories. But sometimes it can kill my writing. I have been stuck on a scene in my latest WIP for a couple weeks now. The story is… Continue reading Overthinking the Little Trouble Spots and Writer’s Block