As I type this, it's been over a month since the end of April, the month I undertook my plan to write 30,000 words of a story in 30 days. And since I successfully completed that daunting task, I've wanted to write something about how I managed it. Stuff about the planning and prep stages, … Continue reading 30k in 30 Days: A Writing Guide
Not too long ago, I came across some interesting trivia about the late great author Terry Pratchett. He would try to write at least 400 words each day: on that simple schedule, he wrote dozens of highly acclaimed novels across his lifetime. Hearing about this inspired me to attempt a little more experimentation with my … Continue reading Timed Writing vs. Word Count Goals: Which Is Better?
Unless you are working on an exceptionally strange and complicated novel, there will be some point in your writing process where your characters will have to actually open their mouths and say something. This is the magical world of dialogue, yet another thing that can either make or break your story depending on how well … Continue reading He Said, She Said: The Process of Writing Dialogue
So, we've gone over setting, and we've gone over plot. What comes next? The most important part of a story, of course! At least, the most important part to me. It's time for us to talk about characters: the actual figures who will be populating your fictional world and playing out the narrative you've written … Continue reading Character Creator
So, you're on your way to writing the greatest novel of your career. You've put in the worldbuilding time and created a setting that's vast and immersive, something you know your readers will love. Now you're ready to really get started on your dream project! But then there's that small matter of the actual "story" … Continue reading Plotting by the Seat of Your Pants (Or Not)
After I published the previous article, I realized I hadn't said everything I wanted to say about worldbuilding just yet. To be specific, I want to go into more detail about what I called "worldbuilding pieces" and what that term means. We learn best through example, so today, I'm going to show you guys various … Continue reading The Work of Worldbuilding: Part 2
In the past, I've given you guys some general advice on writing: how to get started, how to keep going, how to find inspiration. Now I want to start doing some articles on the most important part of the writing process, and that's the part where you actually sit down and craft your story. I … Continue reading The Work of Worldbuilding