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Have you ever noticed how some authors tend to focus too much on writing certain fiction elements, yet ignore the others? Maybe …

October 9, 2017
Entertainment

We’ve spoken before about how little details can help color your storyworld. Societal habits, mating customs, dinner choices, and environmental aspects are …

August 10, 2017

Which is easier: fiction or nonfiction? It depends … on who you ask and when you ask them. Today I’m learning about …

June 10, 2017

Recently, a friend of mine asked me if western civilization was at the end of its life cycle. It’s a loaded question, …

May 11, 2017
AnatomyGraysSex

Jim held a gray spheroid up to the light. “So Doc, you’re saying the sex of this alien was actually female?” “That …

February 13, 2017

As writers, we have the power to tear down the boundaries of paper and ink when we craft a description that triggers …

February 8, 2017

The autopsy window allowed Jim a clear view of the good doctor’s grim work. The gray-skinned corpse had been cut open from …

January 16, 2017
Character Eyes

The carbine was still jammed and Jim couldn’t do anything to fix it. He finally tossed it aside and cursed the shoddy …

November 9, 2016

The murmur of countless alien tongues subsided as the chairman of the interstellar council called for order. The delegates to Mecatol Rex …

October 11, 2016

What is the title of your latest book, Morgan? Tainted. Please give us an overview. What Happens When Your Soul Dies? …

June 15, 2016

Many of us belong to writers groups that meet regularly with the goal of honing our writing skills, finding our writer’s voice, …

March 7, 2016
ThingsOfValue

When writing a speculative fiction novel, determine what the things of value are in your world. Water, food, shelter-building resources, fuel: these are …

February 7, 2016

Christian nonfiction writers receive all the credit for being the biblical and spiritual teachers. If we want to learn the truth then …

January 20, 2016
Food for your Storyworld

Regardless how fantastic the setting, the people in your book must treat their environment as commonplace. A character who regularly interacts with …

November 28, 2015

We’re looking at Donald Maass’ The Fire in Fiction. @DonaldMaass #FireinFiction I’m on a quest to learn more about writing and …

November 10, 2015

Do you ever feel like “just a writer?” “Just” a wannabe author? “Just” a wordsmith who spends hours inventing characters and hoping …

September 24, 2015
Governance

The people in your world need governance. I’m sorry. I wish I could make it untrue, but a believable ruling system exists …

September 5, 2015

How many of you are reading this article under protest? “I don’t write romances,” you say. Well, you might need to stick …

August 28, 2015

What is it about a story that makes it compelling? Is it the characters? Is it the plot? Is it the element …

August 17, 2015

The editor had me rework my first novel, changing it from the omniscient point of view to third-person limited. I’m so glad …

August 6, 2015

Atheists believe all creatures evolved over countless millennia of bloodshed, allowing only the fittest members of a species to breed. They therefore …

July 3, 2015

Everybody wants something. Why do YOU want to write, for example? Maybe you want to write a book for the story’s sake. …

June 12, 2015
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