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- 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”
- How to Write a Story that Stays InterestingWhen thinking about our favorite books, these are usually the ones you simply cannot put down and read over again with equal levels of delight. Our favorite stories are ones that hold our interest and captivate us from start to finish. The middle of a story is often the hardest to keep interesting, there isContinue reading “How to Write a Story that Stays Interesting”
- Writing with the Phenomenon Aphantasia – with Guest Author Sarah WallaceWe writers have vivid imaginations. If you’re someone like me, I picture so many pieces of my story in my head before I write it––characters, settings, clothing, you name it! I’m someone who has a very active mind’s eye, which is why I tend to get positive feedback on my scene-setting and visual imagery inContinue reading “Writing with the Phenomenon Aphantasia – with Guest Author Sarah Wallace”
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