This blog is an ongoing resource for writing tips, inspiration and special topics of interest for fantasy and sci-fi writers. Knowing that searching a blog for a specific topic can be frustrating, all blog entries are listed below for your convenience. All links open a new tab. If you have any topics that you would… Continue reading Table of Contents
It's that time again! Started by Megan Tennant last year, the Twitter challenge, #indiecember, is about to kick off starting December 1st. The goal is to read enough books written by independent authors to either fill the board (in which case one book can count for multiple squares) or fill a line (in which case… Continue reading #Indiecember Challenge 2019
Because I mention him, I'm using a picture of Cthulhu, and nobody can convince me not to. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you are a fantasy or sci-fi writer. And if you’re a fantasy or sci-fi writer, chances are that you are a fantasy or sci-fi reader. Which means that, at one… Continue reading Pausing the Story: A Warning on Info Dumps
For this week's blog post, I'm opening things up to questions: questions about writing, about my books or about life in general. (Pro tip: I would not seek my advice about life in general if I were you.) Ask below in the comments any safe-for-work question you may have and I'll answer it. Enjoy!
Ever since I was little, I have been a sucker for ancient mythology. I loved history and how the early civilizations explained daily life with some of the most complex storytelling that would ever be invented. Out of all of the mythology I read, my favorite was always ancient Egypt. The stories resonated with me… Continue reading Mythology Spotlight: Set
There's a new literary journal that focuses entirely around self-published and indie-published authors, and the first issue is coming out May 1st, 2019! Write of Passion offers writing and publishing advice, highlights from writers' works and achievements and features stories by new authors based on a different genre each month. The May 1st issue's… Continue reading New Submission Opportunity: Write Of Passion Literary Journal
Ah, yes, one of those topics that sounds so simple. In order to finish your book, you should write, and if you write, you will finish your book. Case closed, right? Of freaking course not. Because writing doesn't ever work like that at all. I recently (finally!) finished my second story, Nemesis, and it took… Continue reading The End: How to Finish Your Book
Fantasy and science fiction share one important thing in common: the world you’re creating is an imaginative, unique world, very different than (or, at least, augmented from) the world we actually live in. While your fantasy or science fiction may be set in our current world, you will have creations and beings that are… Continue reading Uncharted: More Tips to Build Your World
Writing is a frustrating thing. You start on a topic that you're really excited about, do the research, create the characters and get to work, until one day, that new book or movie advertisement showcases a story nearly like your own. Now what? People are going to think you copied the plot? People won't… Continue reading It’s All Been Done Before: From Premise to Plot
When I was about 12 years old, I read The Hunchback of Notre Dame for the first time. It was one of those books that I loved so much, that I had multiple versions sitting on my bookshelf, all geared toward various reading levels. Recently, I had a free credit for Audible and decided to… Continue reading The Victor Hugo Folly: What Is Too Much Description?
If you are familiar with the goings-on on Twitter, you may have seen #indiecember floating around. This is a challenge set up by user @_Megan_Tennant as a sort of bingo card for stories you've read by independent authors. The rules are simple: mark off a bingo spot for every qualified book by an independent or self-published… Continue reading #Indiecember Challenge