A few weeks ago, I wrote about crafting believable dialogue. But, one of the big hurdles to getting to the point where you can craft that dialogue… Read more “Enrich Your Fiction: Character Building”
In thinking about writing and creating new worlds, it’s always useful to consider our own world and your own culture to assist you in deciding what is… Read more “Color Your World Building”
Naming a human is perhaps one of the most significant things we do as already living humans, or so I gather. At this point, I don’t have… Read more “Enrich Your Fiction: What’s in a (Nick)name”
Why do we classify and categorize things and why has this practice seeped into the way we present our characters in certain types of stories? It all comes back to how we’re wired.
Have you ever had someone tell you that writing fantasy is easy? We all know that’s not true. World building in the fantasy genre is an intensive and time-consuming process.
Creating a new world means thinking about all the little layers that create a society–including the people who protect that way of life. One of the steps on my journey to a new novel is designing a military unit.
As writers we are inspired by the world around us. This includes places we go and experiences we have there. As I’ve been thinking through NightWind, my… Read more “Using Cultural Influences in Your Writing”
A friend of mine went to Cuba last year. When she came back, she downloaded her experience to me over lunch. Of course, I loved hearing about… Read more “World Building: How Sayings Define a People”
One of the best parts about inventing a new world, particularly a world on the edge of revolution, is having the chance to develop the military operations… Read more “World Building: Weapons Research”
Since my personal reading list has taken me out of the realm of fantasy for the past few years, I’ve made a significant effort to adjust and… Read more “Animals, Airships and Unexpected Heroes”