I probably should have posted this last week but anyway. While I was back at Cambridge, one of the lectures I attended was focused on worldbuilding and how to build fictional worlds in any genre. The guest lecturer, Natasha Pulley, introduced a ton of great concepts that I want to share with you now that … Continue reading Basics of Worldbuilding (ft. Natasha Pulley)
Let's do something scary and think of a plot as a math problem. Don't run! I promise I'm just trying to make this easier to understand. Putting things into a different perspective, if you will. Because when you boil down a plot into its simplest components, it becomes almost like a simple one plus one … Continue reading The Mathematics of a Strong Plot
No matter what type of world you're creating for a story in mind, whether it be an alternate history or an epic high fantasy or the Next Great American Novel, you have to incorporate at least some aspects of worldbuilding. Even genres such as literary fiction require a distinct setting and characteristics, and careful outlining … Continue reading Basics of Worldbuilding (Part 1)
I'm excited to announce that my guest post "Pros and Cons of Using Fiction Writing Platforms" will be published on the Orange Blossom Publishing blog soon! When it's put up, I'll be sure to include the link in my next post coming up this weekend. In the meantime, here is the website and the blog … Continue reading Guest Post with Orange Blossom Publishing Coming Up!
Let's be honest, we can't all be William Faulkner, or any other writer who writes classic novels within just a few weeks (possibly) or months. Sometimes creating a cohesive, well-written body of work takes years, even decades. It's a huge undertaking, and it requires a lot of time, effort, writing techniques you've learned and practiced, … Continue reading What to Do When You Lose Your Passion for Your Work in Progress
Hi everyone! I'm pleased to announce two short pieces have been put up at Sour Cherry Mag. The two pieces are called "We Will Always Be Monsters" and "Made of Bones." You can find them here. Also, if you want to know more about submitting to Sour Cherry Mag, you can find their guidelines here. … Continue reading Pieces Up at Sour Cherry Mag!
I recently read this post by K. M. Allen, and I wanted to share it with you all. This offers great advice for when you're overwhelmed with feelings of self-doubt as a writer and all your work seems to be for nothing. Enjoy! https://kmallan.com/2022/04/22/3-essential-reminders-for-when-you-think-your-manuscript-sucks/ Credit: K. M. Allen. Find out more here.
Photo by Guillaume Meurice on Pexels.com You can't talk about small presses without bringing the genre portion into the conversation, particularly science fiction and fantasy. These two genres come with mountains of opportunities in the publishing world because it's not just the "small presses" that you'll come across. There are many large and reputable sci-fi … Continue reading You Should Know About This: Small Presses (Sci-fi/Fantasy Edition)
Photo by Emily on Pexels.com I first touched on a few well known small presses to let everyone get a feel for what small presses look like and what to expect when researching them. I'd like to continue this series on small presses with another series of presses you can submit to. Here are a … Continue reading You Should Know About This: Small Presses (Part 2)
When Maya Angelou spoke about her daily writing routines, she described how she rented a hotel downtown and arrived there at 6:30 in the morning. She would write, stay until about two in the afternoon, then go home and look over what she had written that morning. My question when I read that here was: … Continue reading What Do We Write When We Don’t Know What to Write?