So you want to finish that novel you’ve been working on since the dawn of time. Okay, maybe it hasn’t been quite that long, but I’m sure sometimes it feels like it. Making writing a focus in your life is difficult. Life is constantly getting in the way and people or events are vying for every spare moment. How are you ever going to get that book done? You have to be determined and make the decision that it’s important enough to change some things in your life. Continue reading
Feedback is important for making your story the best it can be. Finding Alpha and Beta readers to read over your manuscript can help find flaws you are blind to.
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I recently finished reading a book that was high fantasy, Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham, and loved it. However, when talking with a colleague about the book, he mentioned other books by this author that are more science fiction based. When I started read these books I was surprise how different his author’s voice sounded. This got me thinking about how changing genres affects you and your writing. Continue reading
I have recently returned to working full time and discovery myself facing the inevitable, finding time to write. Though not a new struggle, it’s one I am still searching a solution for. I am sharing what I have discovered has worked for others and for me over the years. Continue reading
When people talk about world building, there are two types they could be referring to: details of setting or the rules of the world. Whether you’re building a new world or modifying the one you live in, asking yourself key questions will help you create a stronger world for your characters and readers. Continue reading
As our lives become more and more integrated with technology, we have endless access to large amounts of information. Through work, socializing and relaxing time, we spend an extended part of our days on our devices, inundating our minds with screen-based media. Though it provides us with a greater understanding of ourselves and the world we live in, research has shown that we also need to give our minds a break. Continue reading
When planning your story or novel, deciding on the point of view is critical before you start. Though you can change the point of view after you’ve begun writing, it makes it time consuming and confusing. Taking time to consider what will work for you and your story when structuring it will keep the reader grounded and help them understand who is telling the story. Continue reading