I've been writing for years, and have done so much research on how to write I'm rather surprised that my brain hasn't exploded already. However, along with all the amazing advice I have found, there has also been the advice that either I thought instantly was horrible or now that I am older I realize … Continue reading Writing Tips I Can’t Stand!
Quite a while ago (at least a year), I wrote a blog post on why Show Don't Tell Is a Lie. It remains today one of my top ten most read posts. But recently, I've started to wonder how many do's and don't's I learned in college that I now actually disagree with. And one … Continue reading How Important is the First Sentence of a Novel?
It’s a new year. And with every New Year comes the dreaded New Year’s Resolutions. I feel as if, at least in American society, there is almost this pressure that you have to make at least one resolution as the year begins. I grew up in a house where New Year Resolutions weren’t really a … Continue reading What’s the Point of New Year’s Resolutions?
Picture this. You have this great book idea. A romance set in 17th century France, and the dastardly villain of a count who’s threatening to replace the male lead as the new lead. You’ve got a great female protagonist. You’ve got a setting. And then you realize it…you know nothing about 17th century France. Where … Continue reading Top Resources for Researching a Historical Novel
In any story, characters are probably the most important aspect. But just how important are the clothes they wear? The answer is simple: extremely important. Most authors don’t realize just how important fashion is in fiction. So today, I’m going to be talking about just that: character fashion, its importance in stories, and some tips … Continue reading Clothing Your Characters
If you’ve read and watched as many horror stories as I have, you’ll know that creators love to set their plots around really creepy places, like haunted houses and asylums. But let’s face it: the same old setting can get a wee bit repetitive because few authors seem to find new, unique settings. So today … Continue reading Unique Places to Set a Horror Story
Every experienced writer knows that taking criticism is a big part of being a professional writer. You need to have a strong backbone in order to learn and develop. In theory, I think every writer—whether you are just beginning to write your first book or have been writing for twenty years—would agree that we always … Continue reading Ode to a New Writer: Taking Criticism
Any fantasy author will tell you that the world is one of the most important parts to this genre. Although characters must be relatable and the plot interesting, it is often in exploring unique worlds that both readers and characters alike can be fascinated and impressed. Recently I talked about Realistic Fantasy Governments. Now, I … Continue reading Compressed Guide to Writing Fantasy Creatures
Food. It is something all of us need to survive. So it would make sense that food would also weave itself into our fictional stories. After all, characters need to eat, unless they are a strange alien breed who only needs air to survive. But a lot of writers don’t really know where to start … Continue reading FOOOOD! A Very Compact Guide to Writing Food in Fiction
The Era of Steam filled with Victorian civility and Sherlock Holmes. The Shakespearean London bursting with disease, puffy gowns, and tights. The dynasties of China filled with fanciful dragons and real court drama. Medieval Europe plagued by, well, plague, and chivalry. Ancient Egyptian pharaohs and the gods they serve. When you hear the word historical … Continue reading Top 9 Historical Eras Nobody Writes About