Storybuilder Inc. — Step One: A Premise

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Worlds of the Imagination

Welcome to Storybuilder Inc.

I approach is like a craftsman. Developing procedures and watching a story develop as I follow them is part of the fun. I’m a planner, but I make things up as I go, so the plan helps keep me on track, and gives me a good framework for when making things up requires a clean-up crew.

Today, with Step One, I will talk about the first step I take when I build a story: developing a solid premise.


“What’s your story about?”

This question often makes writers stutter, especially when a prospective editor or agent is asking them, live time, at a conference. Now is your chance! And what do you say? “Oh, you know, it’s about lots of things…”

Stop. What is your book about? It amazed me, when I wrote failed manuscript #1 and failed manuscript #2, how, despite all the writing and…

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When do you know your story is ready?

Wise words

Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling In The Storage Room


This month the Insecure Writers Support Group is discussing – When do you know your story is ready?

The glib answer would be never. There is always something that can be improved in any creative endeavor. That being said, we can’t let a need for perfection keep us from sharing our work with the world.

I was glad to see the question of knowing when a story is ready is the topic of our collective conversation this month. It has been on my mind the last couple of weeks. I have known a particular writer for several years now (first as a critique partner and now as a content editor) and have watched them struggle with how to know when their story was finally done. It took far longer than they initially expected. It always does. But eventually, you know. The story becomes a thing of its own, separate from…

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How To Overcome Writer’s Block – 10 Tips

Great advice on how to restart your writing engine!

Casey Griffin

Photo by Drew Coffman Photo by Drew Coffman

Writer’s block.  We’ve all been there.  Sometimes we even use it as an excuse.

“Why aren’t you writing today?”

“I can’t.  I have writer’s block.”

It’s not a fatal diagnosis.  It’s just a little stumbling block, which I can hopefully inspire you to overcome.

Writer’s Block Remedies:

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Brainstorm your way to a Novel Idea


I can’t deny that coming up with ideas is not a problem for me, it’s the organizing and details that get me bogged down in waist deep muck. However, sometimes you can have too many ideas with more loose connections then you know what to do with, and you lose sight of the bigger picture. Or you get in front of the computer and nothing happens. So how can you harness the flow of ideas to help compensate for the times when your creative juices seem to have gone on vacation? Continue reading

Read for pleasure, not for pain

book-863418__180When I first started writing I learned two things very quickly: I wasn’t very fast and I wasn’t very good. On great advice I took a writing course, followed by many others until I felt confident to persevere on my own. One reoccurring theme suggested by many of the instructor had to do with honing your craft and voice by writing and reading lots. Continue reading

World Building


Every work of fiction needs to be grounded in a world of some kind. In fantasy or science fiction, world building is a crucial aspect of the storytelling process, more so then any other genre. The world needs to be built to allow the reader to understand where they are. Getting it right can take your story from one dimensional to multi-dimensional. Here are Continue reading