What’s the Point of New Year’s Resolutions?

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?

Top Resources for Researching a Historical Novel

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

Clothing Your Characters

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

Unique Places to Set a Horror Story

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

Ode to a New Writer: Taking Criticism

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

Compressed Guide to Writing Fantasy Creatures

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

FOOOOD! A Very Compact Guide to Writing Food in Fiction

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

Top 9 Historical Eras Nobody Writes About

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

What’s In a Name? Choosing Character Names

So, you have your plot. Now, you need the names of your characters. But which ones do you choose? There are millions of names already out there, not even considering the weird and wacky original names you could come up with in your semi-demented brain. Where do you even start? As I have said on … Continue reading What’s In a Name? Choosing Character Names

Creating Realistic Political Systems in Fantasy Worlds

Since yesterday was the 2017 presidential inauguration (as of when I am posting this article on 1/21/17), I think this is the perfect time to talk about creating a realistic, political system in a fantasy world. I want to address different complexities of creating a political system that many writers either ignore or do not … Continue reading Creating Realistic Political Systems in Fantasy Worlds