Jul 18 2018
My dear writing friends,
If you’re an aspiring science fiction or fantasy writer, you want to create something fresh and different for your audience. But while we may come up with a few truly original innovations, the fact is many of our ideas (as well as our writing style) have their roots somewhere else.
If you only ever read one genre (the latest dystopian novels, for example, or a handful of YA fantasy series), you’re like a …
Mar 11 2018
I know a lot of writers—those who are just starting out, seasoned professionals, and everyone in between. I work with writers, go to conferences, connect with writers on Facebook, and attend writing conferences.
I love this community, but I’ve noticed something that’s troubled me for a while.
So many writers are setting themselves up to be miserable.
This isn’t about a certain technique, or working habit, or anything on a surface level. The error goes much deeper—to …
Feb 15 2018Dear dreamers, So I’m a huge supporter of the idea of writing for your own enjoyment. If you want to write poems or journal entries or short stories for your eyes only (or for a few select friends), that’s a fantastic outlet that will make you a better creative thinker and give you a relaxing …
Jan 18 2018
My dear storymakers,
One of my writing friends is working on a fantasy novel set in a medieval-style world, and she wanted to know how she could make the characters’ dialogue sound more natural.
The basic advice is to write dialogue the way people speak—but when you’re writing about people in a different world, planet, or time period than your own, there’s a lot more to think about.
So how do you write realistic dialogue for an imaginary …