As 2019 comes to an end, I’m up to my eyeballs in words. The Blood Forest series is about to go live! What started as a prequel novella ballooned into a 120k word novel following Troa and her friends as they set events in motion which will forever change their world. LAND OF PERPETUAL NIGHTContinue reading “UPCOMING RELEASE”
Ugh. I just watched a fledgling writer leave a group due to an unsolicited, and unduly harsh, critique. This happens all too often. As over the last few weeks the subject of unsolicited critiques has popped up in my craft groups, as well as in my own life, I wanted to take a minute andContinue reading “Unsolicited Critiques—Don’t be a jerk.”
Is everyone ready for the holidays? Hanukkah starts pretty early this year, and I still haven’t finished my shopping. Total mom-fail, right? Right now, I’m wrapping up the second installment of The Way of Thieves and Liars series, tentatively titled: The Way of Fools and Traitors. This manuscript has passed the 200k mark, so even withContinue reading “Backstory”
What constitutes an effective novel-crafting method varies from person to person. Some folks are plotters, mapping every detail of their project before putting words to paper. Others are pansters, winging their writing as they go. Still more writers fall somewhere between those two ends of the spectrum. There’s no one right way to write a novel, but I’mContinue reading “My Ten-step Drafting Process”
As both a writer and avid reader, I feel a fully fleshed-out, three dimensional character is the single most essential element to any good story. A character who comes alive on the page is a character your readership will invest in. So how to you create a three-dimensional character? How do you bring this newContinue reading “Character Development Worksheet”
WORLD BUILDING WORKSHEET PHYSICAL WORLD GEOGRAPHY Climate Zone Where on your planet is this land located? This will affect temperature & weather. Learn about climates here. Geographic Features Mountains, deserts, lakes, rivers, etc. Agriculture What food is produced in the land? What do people grow? How do they grow it? Water Supply Where does theContinue reading “World Building Basics”
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