Worldbuilding: When to Stop

So, while I've enjoyed talking productivity and reading habits pretty continuously over the past month or so, I feel that I've gotten a bit burnt out over the topic and am ready for a shift. Worry not, for we will return to those things---just not today. Today, I'd like to harken back to a sort... Continue Reading →

Writing with Clarity

Greetings! Today I'd like to talk to you about an aspect of writing that I've had a hard time with recently, and that I know others struggle with, but that I believe there is a clear solution to. I've recently been reading Dæmon Voices, a collection of essays on writing by the English author Philip... Continue Reading →

Science Fiction: A Genre Study

Greetings! Today I’ll be discussing the great genre of science fiction, providing examples of the genre at work, and examining its various applications. The goal here is to give you a better understanding of the genre, and perhaps some inspiration for your own stories set within it.  Primary subgenres A difference should be mentioned here:... Continue Reading →

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writers talk about writer's block a lot. It's a question nearly every author gets asked—how do you deal with writer's block? How did you beat it? It's an issue that, it seems, penetrates every writing community, and the question of how to overcome it is one that no person, book, or google search has yet... Continue Reading →

Worldbuilding—Nations and Cultures

Worldbuilding—the act of creating a fictional setting, usually for fantasy—is something that has always fascinated me. The possibilities are endless: your world can vary from our own, it can have its own weather patterns, geographical features, species, and nations. Worldbuilding is a creative art, and it presents no limit. However, there are certain aspects of... Continue Reading →

Online Resources for Writers

In my time searching for advice concerning writing fiction, several online resources have fulfilled and exceeded my expectations. I'll list several of those here, along with others recommended and spoken of throughout the writing community. Brandon Sanderson's Lectures: Sanderson's YouTube lecture series has proved invaluable in my quest for writing advice. He posts them completely... Continue Reading →

Sensory Details in Writing

In writing anything fiction—a short story, a novel, what have you—it is important to keep in mind the significance of utilizing sensory details for the benefit of the reader. Even if your plot is centered around something far outside the realm of perception—and please enlighten me if this is your plan—you'll still want to try... Continue Reading →

You need to read if you want to write

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”—Stephen King Too often, a fledgling writer will acquire the mindset of "no use reading, that's just wasting time when I should be writing! " Or it will go something like that. While the logic is... Continue Reading →

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