The end of September has arrived! Unlike previous months, I ended up taking a break between posts and all of my writing projects in general, spending some time with my dad at different national parks for a week. It's always nice to take a break from writing when you really need it, especially when your … Continue reading Post Summary and Writing Update!
Thinking about publishing your speculative fiction novel but don't know where to start? It's true there are plenty of publishers out there, but narrowing the best science fiction and fantasy publishers down isn't too difficult. Some of these speculative fiction small presses also accept speculative genres such as horror, gothic, and all kinds of subgenres. … Continue reading Speculative Fiction Small Presses
Hello everyone! I have some awesome announcements for this August update. This will be a quick post, but for starters, there will be a couple of weeks where I'll be unable to post at all. I WILL, however, come back with tons of pictures from a trip I'm taking to Yellowstone and the surrounding parks … Continue reading August Update!
So you want to write fantasy? Good luck. In all seriousness, fantasy is notoriously difficult to write no matter which way you look at it. It's not uncommon for fantasy writers to take years to complete one single book (unless you're Brandon Sanderson, but we don't all have that luxury). Besides that, a major aspect … Continue reading Why Is Fantasy So Hard to Write?
You might think that there aren't a whole lot of speculative writing residencies and workshops for writers in a specific genre. It's true that many residencies focus on allowing all writers to focus on any project they're undertaking. However, several outlets exist for those who write speculative fiction. Speculative writers focus on sci-fi, fantasy, and … Continue reading Best Speculative Writing Residencies and Workshops
July has come to a close, and that means another update! I've got plenty of announcements from the past few weeks I'm delighted to share. For starters, I've been working on a lot of different updates for this blog, so you should be seeing a new portfolio and landing page hopefully within the next month. … Continue reading July Update!
Some stories bring out the magic in everyday life but not in the way you might think. Good stories undoubtedly craft their own magic, sucking you into the world created. However, all genres can do that. I'm talking about magical realism, a subgenre of fantasy that adds magical, or fantastical, elements to a typical literary … Continue reading What Is Magical Realism? A Definition
Worldbuilding isn't just about building a physical world that your characters live in. A fantasy world, for example, might have its own physics, so things like gravity or motion work differently from ours. But that's not the only reason a world exists when you create it. A working world also needs a working culture or … Continue reading Worldbuilding A Fictional Culture
Having trouble with worldbuilding? Kathryn at The Writer's Path discusses how to narrow down your worldbuilding by getting into the specifics. This includes not only the where with the geography you establish, but also the timing of the world around your characters. This attention to detail means a lot in the long run because it … Continue reading Reblog: 5 Tips for Better Worldbuilding
The end of the month has rolled around! What a wild month it's been. For this June writing update, it seemed like I barely got anything done for the month. Ideas for posts appeared out of nowhere, saving me from getting into a slump. I met some writing goals. But I didn't feel as productive. … Continue reading June Writing Update!