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Writing Submission That Pays: Clarkesworld Magazine

When looking for some chances at making a few extra dollars, I came across this magazine call for sci-fi and fantasy stories. I did some research, and Clarkesworld Magazine adds up to everything they say they've accomplished. The submission guidelines are laid out pretty clearly, the pay is more than generous (hitting their word max would… Continue reading Writing Submission That Pays: Clarkesworld Magazine

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Abandon Hope: Tips for Writing a Dystopian Novel

If there’s anything type of story that has stood the test of time in the modern era, it’s the dystopian novel. Even before Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games or any story about the zombie apocalypse, the idea of a world far gone has been a favorite subject. Perhaps no author has crafted the genre so… Continue reading Abandon Hope: Tips for Writing a Dystopian Novel

Character Building, World Building

All Made Out of Ticky-Tacky: Ways to Kill Character Development

Usually, I use this blog as a means of helpful advice on what you should do for your writing. I firmly believe that the tools an author has at their disposal should be as diverse and vast as they can make it. But today, I want to talk about what you shouldn't do in a… Continue reading All Made Out of Ticky-Tacky: Ways to Kill Character Development

General Writing Tips

Plan Ahead or Live Dangerously: When to Prewrite and When to Wing It

After a small hiatus (like, a month, but who’s counting), I’m back. After trying to juggle planning my personal blog posts with my blog posts for work and my chapters for my second novel, I realized that there’s really no getting around it: unless you’re a New York Times bestseller and can live off of… Continue reading Plan Ahead or Live Dangerously: When to Prewrite and When to Wing It

Character Building

ConTEXT is Important: A Simple Trick to Strengthen Your Character’s Unique Voice

See what I did there? Okay, but you will in a second. I started talking about building dialogue skills for character development. This is one of the most important things you can do for your characters, as readers know them solely by the dialogue and mannerisms that you assign them. While we can describe facial… Continue reading ConTEXT is Important: A Simple Trick to Strengthen Your Character’s Unique Voice

General Writing Tips

I Hate My Writing: Tips to Rekindle the Inspiration to Finish Your Novel

For this post, we’re going to go a different route, in which all hopes of a comfortable novel writing experience are crushed under the merciless thumb of realism. I’ll cut to the point quickly: you are not going to finish a perfect novel in a month. When I started writing Hubris, I was hopeful that… Continue reading I Hate My Writing: Tips to Rekindle the Inspiration to Finish Your Novel

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Once Upon a Midnight Dreary: 5 Tips for Writing Gothic Stories

“The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fiber of my frame.” – “The Black Cat,” Edgar Allan Poe When you think of fantasy stories, you often think… Continue reading Once Upon a Midnight Dreary: 5 Tips for Writing Gothic Stories

Character Building, World Building

Treasure Hunt! 5 Things to Know About Researching for Your Novel

I’ve talked a lot about research already on this blog. That’s because I’m an International Relations and Anthropology major, and research is pretty much a definitive part of my life at this point. I also write about present-day cultures, religions and social topics in my series, so it’s imperative that I have looked at every… Continue reading Treasure Hunt! 5 Things to Know About Researching for Your Novel

Character Building

She Said What?: Writing Great Dialogue

So you’ve built your novel’s world, come up with a great character and are in the midst of writing your first chapter. When it comes time to write an interaction between two separate characters, you’re now faced with a new challenge: they both sound like the same person! There are no nuances or any sort… Continue reading She Said What?: Writing Great Dialogue