If you want to dive deep into the darkest crevices of a writer’s mind, you should follow Irina. Many of her posts are long and thoughtful digressions on life and writing. She’s better at explaining these sorts of things than I am.
This one hit me so hard in the feels, I needed to reblog. I’ve been feeling some heavy imposter syndrome these days (Sorry for being such a Danny Downer lately!). This is such a great way of looking at it.
I’ve had those 45-minute rants plenty of times in my professional field, but it never clicked how meaningful that is. Thanks, Irina, for sharing your insights!
Ended up writing a long post on Facebook, reacting to this article on Gizmodo, and thought I'd share here. Canon is important. Canon is no different from the worldbuilding that authors do within their individual series. It sets the rules of the setting and establishes reader (or viewer) expectations. An author in a collaborative project … Continue reading Is Canon Important in a Collaborative Project?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKtN5pIeAPc&feature=youtu.be This month, Richie and I have a real treat for short form writers. This is going to be another long episode, a deep dive, maybe the deepest dive, into a topic that is near and dear to both of us. That, of course, is the short story. In this episode, we distill our shared … Continue reading FWTS Episode 4 – The Short Story
Hey all! The second episode of my and Richie Billing's podcast on fantasy writing is now out on YouTube and other podcast distributors, such as Spotify. In this episode, we follow the topic of fantasy tropes introduced in the first episode, but this time we show some examples of works which employed tropes in new … Continue reading FWTS – Episode 2
I’ve written about dialogue grammar and formatting before, but K.M. Allan does a much better job here. Pay attention to the part on “action beats.” I see a lot of writers getting that wrong.
Dialogue is an important part of any story and essential to get right.
Good dialogue can reveal twists, unveil character traits, motivations, change the direction of the story, and give your cliffhangers the perfect bite—I mean, who doesn’t love the final line of a scene ending in a suspenseful piece of dialogue!
While it’s up to you to perfect your dialogue, if you want to ensure it’s working for your words, double-check it with the help of this checklist!
Use your search function to find every instance of quote marks (” or ‘), and as you look at each highlighted quote, check the following…
Spelled Out Emotions
While there’s nothing wrong with telling emotions, if you’re spelling out every single instance, use this check to shortcut your way to finding all that telling and convert some of it to showing.
Telling: “Get out!” Jenny shouted angrily.
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We did it! Richie Billing and I wrapped up the first episode of our new fantasy writing podcast, The Fantasy Writers' Toolshed! This first episode addresses a common issue in fantasy, cliches. (Which, I guess by definition, must be a common issue. Ha.) In deciding which cliches to discuss, we've relied in part on the … Continue reading FWTS – Episode One
So, fellow Of Metal and Magic author Richie Billing and I did a thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bas9x8N5Btk&feature=youtu.be We are planning to do one episode of this podcast a month, focusing at the start on common fantasy writing issues and then expanding into general writing topics. The first episode should be done by the end of November or … Continue reading Do you even Podcast?
Here are a couple articles I came across in the past week which have some interesting things to say about short story writing...
After some delay, here are the photos from the book reading and Q&A event I did two seeks ago at the Camp Humphreys Library. These two pictures give you a basic idea of the layout of the room and the size of the crowd. This one shows the way I set up the OMAM author … Continue reading Library Event Photos!
My author event at the SFC Ray E. Duke Memorial Library on Camp Humphreys yesterday went very well. I had a small but attentive audience of around 20 or 25 people, of all ages, who seemed very excited by the StoryVerse concept I am working on with Fiction Vortex. But the thing that really made … Continue reading A Young Writer is Born!