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Every writer has a story, and every story has to start at the beginning. With so many things to consider as a Newbie: structure, craft, publishing, and marketing (just to name a few), I’m here to give you insights, encouragement, and resources to help your writing journey, while also giving you a glimmer of mine!
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- How to use Sanderson’s Laws of Magic to Build a Better (fantasy) StoryCoincidentally, this is not in reference to the Hocus Pocus Sanderson Sisters, but instead is a system of three laws developed by fantasy author, Brandon Sanderson. I first heard of the Sanderson Laws of Magic while listening to the Writing Excuses podcast (which is a podcast I recommend to newbies and seasoned writers alike). AsContinue reading “How to use Sanderson’s Laws of Magic to Build a Better (fantasy) Story”
- The Horrors of Vanity Publishing – With Guest Author Shelly ConnorAs we say goodbye to spooky season, many of us are saying hello to NaNoWriMo. It’s a true measure of commitment and endurance to write a novel in one month, but sadly that is only the first step. Once you have written your novel, you have to move on to editing, and then figure outContinue reading “The Horrors of Vanity Publishing – With Guest Author Shelly Connor”
- 11 Most Common World-Building Mistakes & How to Avoid ThemWhen creating a whole new world, your goal is to build something that’s unforgettable! Shining, shimmering, splendid, should just be the tip of the iceberg. It can be a lot of fun to dream up ideas about alien spacecraft or magical laws. World-building is an opportunity to let our imagination run rampant and go BIG!Continue reading “11 Most Common World-Building Mistakes & How to Avoid Them”
- Add Tension and Build Suspense with Try/Fail CyclesIn the first imaginings of our stories, we often have an end goal in mind. Character X is put into situation Y and comes out changed (whether that’s for better or for worse depends on whether it’s a positive or negative character arc). Our story would be rather short if the goal you set forContinue reading “Add Tension and Build Suspense with Try/Fail Cycles”
- Word Choice – How Anglo-Saxon vs. Latinate origin words can impact your writingThis article is not intended to be a grammar lesson. Instead, I want this to call attention to something I found fascinating. Since researching word origins, it has educated my word choice while writing to have a stronger intention. I strongly advocate writing with intention. It’s the same way I believe you need to understandContinue reading “Word Choice – How Anglo-Saxon vs. Latinate origin words can impact your writing”
- Instagram for Writers – With Guest Author S.E. SchneiderThis month’s guest article is written by my fabulous critique partner who is absolutely incredible, the lovely S.E. Schneider. She brings us her unique insights on storming the Instagram platform and taking no prisoners! With close to 13k of her own followers, she knows a thing or two about being a writer on Instagram. InstagramContinue reading “Instagram for Writers – With Guest Author S.E. Schneider”
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