If you’re anything like me, then you’ll know that the closer you get to a story the harder it is to objectively question it. You’ve spent so much time there and it works so well in your brain that it’s hard to take that mental step back and look for problems. I’ve already talked about … Continue reading Advanced World Building Tips
World building can be intimidating and overwhelming, but no one should ever be discouraged from attempting to build a world for their story. You already have a huge natural advantage when it comes to world building because you actually LIVE in a WORLD! And it’s full of examples and good ideas you can steal … Continue reading World Building 101
Pen Friends ~ Our Dual POV Prompt Challenge was so much fun and we loved each entry, (short & long) so much that we decided to post them all! Part 1 will be the POV #1 “visitor to the new world.” Part 2 (to come) will be POV 2, Native to the world. It was nothing … Continue reading ‘Nothing Like My World’ Prompt- Reply: Part 1
I have to confess something to you… two weeks ago I took the plunge and played Dungeons and Dragons for the first time. Yes, the roll-the-dice, choose your warlock/dwarven/halfing adventure that Dan Harmon termed the “fantasy game [people play] to escape their awkward lives.” Promising, eh? My high school self would be baffled (“I thought … Continue reading How I Overcame Writer’s Block with the Nerd World
Writing fantasy is fun. Why else would so many people do it? Why would so many read it? There’s more than a monetary investment when a reader picks up a fantasy novel. They are taking on faith that the world the writer has created is going to engage them and spark their imagination. As an … Continue reading Know Yourself: How Many Worlds Do You Live In?
In this continuation about world building, I wanted to focus in on a few specifics, as well as the ways in which getting down to the details can actually lead you into a deeper story – both for the sake of your readers’ experience ,and how it can affect your plot, character development So here’s a few … Continue reading How to Build Beautiful and Realistic Worlds
Pen Friends ~ We are starting a series of posts on tips and how to write each genre- Fantasy, Contemporary, Sci-fi, Action-Adventure, and more. This Month is all about WRITING SCI-FI! First post of the Writing Sci-fi series: Where do you start when you want to write a science fiction story? Just as with any … Continue reading The Final Frontier: Starting Your Sci-fi
Pen Friends ~ Today’s interview is with YA Author, Lauren Mansy, talking about her debut, The Memory Thief. From what we have heard it has incredible world building and an intriguing premise! You can still pre-order it and it will arrive on your door on when it releases on October 1st! SP: Hi Lauren! Thanks … Continue reading Author Interview: Lauren Mansy, The Memory Thief
Title: The Sky and the Deep Author: Adrienne Young Blurb (from Amazon): OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE. Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, … Continue reading Book Review: Sky and the Deep
Session Goals, Space, and a Set Time are the elements that can help you keep writing even as your life is being turned upside down. What makes these things important is that they all clear the way for you to be able to get down to writing.