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 yetContinue reading “Overcoming Writer’s Block”

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 ofContinue reading “Worldbuilding—Nations and Cultures”

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 completelyContinue reading “Online Resources for Writers”

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Study in Dystopian Worldbuilding

Recently I finished Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and it got me thinking about the role of dystopias in fiction and worldbuilding in general. Atwood’s futuristic dystopia features a totalitarian regime that has taken control of a failing United States. The new state enforces rigid social roles, enslaving its inhabitants and providing only bare essentialsContinue reading “The Handmaid’s Tale: A Study in Dystopian Worldbuilding”

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 tryContinue reading “Sensory Details in Writing”

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 logicContinue reading “You need to read if you want to write”

My plans for NaNoWriMo + A short reading update

Recently I’ve been thinking about writing a novel. Not the novella kind, or a collection of my short stories, but a full-length book that introduces a basic plot and multiple viewpoints. Also recently, I found out about National Novel Writing Month. While you can discover more about the project on its website, I’ll give aContinue reading “My plans for NaNoWriMo + A short reading update”

Write down your ideas, no matter what

Hey all! This will be a shorter post than usual, and the start of a series roughly addressed to aspiring writers. I hope to do these kinds of things once a week on Mondays; if you have any suggestions for future posts, please feel free to leave a comment!  Today’s topic concerns writing down yourContinue reading “Write down your ideas, no matter what”