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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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Why Writers Write

Probably the best way to learn how to write better is by listening to writers, or reading stories they wrote. So I've decided to start a new weekly post with writing advice from other writers who have things mostly figured out. At any rate, a lot of people read their work. Here is the first:… Continue reading Why Writers Write

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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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Why Do Your Characters Do What They Do? — (Developing Motivations that Thicken the Plot and Deepen Your Characters)

I’d like to continue my ramblings on stakes and characterization. This time focused on your character’s wants, or their motivations for what they are doing. It can be real easy to just sort of let things happen to your characters, or let them just do stuff. I tend to think of action that occurs before… Continue reading Why Do Your Characters Do What They Do? — (Developing Motivations that Thicken the Plot and Deepen Your Characters)

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The Writer and the Human Inside (Writing for an Audience and Being True to Yourself)

I have found that I can be a bit of a shapeshifter. Not like a werewolf, but a shifter of personality depending on the people I am around. Like an actor, or a party-goer with many different masks, I can change. Sometimes it is evident in the things I say, or don't say. Sometimes the… Continue reading The Writer and the Human Inside (Writing for an Audience and Being True to Yourself)

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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

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Word Vomit and then… Publish? (Tips for Writing Higher Quality Blogs, and Fiction)

If you’re like me, you get really excited about finishing something you’ve set out to write. It doesn’t matter if it’s 500 words or 90,000, I am really bad about this: I get so excited about finishing the project that I immediately want to send it out into the world. I am riding high on… Continue reading Word Vomit and then… Publish? (Tips for Writing Higher Quality Blogs, and Fiction)

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Complex Baddies (Raising Your Villain’s Stakes)

A couple days ago, I wrote a post about Raising Stakes in your story. I’d like to talk a little more specifically about the way this affects your characterization and relationships between characters, in particular today we will talk about villains. Earlier on in my writing, I didn’t think specifically about this. I would sometimes… Continue reading Complex Baddies (Raising Your Villain’s Stakes)

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Raise the Stakes High (Making Readers Care and Building More Tension into Your Novel)

Have you ever quit reading a book part way through? I have a few times. It happens for varying reasons, but most likely, I think it comes down to finding yourself thinking Who Cares? My need to know what happens is so low that it is not worth the remaining 200 pages of this novel. The last… Continue reading Raise the Stakes High (Making Readers Care and Building More Tension into Your Novel)