Vaean—My Worldbuilding Project

Upon my first day entering the world of innovation, I was surprised. Not just because I had expected something small and had instead found something grand. Barely for the fact that the inhabitants of this realm felt, acted and appeared as humanoid. Not because they subverted my expectations, acting happy to see me instead of... 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 →

So, you’ve found me

Goblin Opinions, The various thoughts of J. Dan Goodberry, writer and occasional philosopher. Greetings! Chances are if you’re seeing this, you’re new to the Goblin Opinions site. Either that or you’ve just stumbled upon an update conducted to (hopefully) improve the site in some way or another. Well, either way I’m happy you’re here. With... 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 →

A brief update and a new short story!

Greetings! This is going to be a slightly unusual update to the blog, as I have multiple shorter objects to address. Firstly and most important, I released the edited draft of my newest short story, Grey Lights, to the website yesterday. It follows a brief chapter in the life of two young men, one blind,... Continue Reading →

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