For Character Driven Fantasy, Start With World-building

Filed under notes to self. During my planning for this year's NaNoWriMo novel it occurred to me I have developed a process for honing in on characters, and it starts with world-building. Process Create a physical world: whether it is the real world, a secondary world, or a nebulous astral plane, knowing what the large … Continue reading For Character Driven Fantasy, Start With World-building

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Best Online Short Stories July 2017

I have created a new feature, a monthly Best Online Short Stories list so welcome to the first edition. This is a list of the best short stories I've read in the past month. These stories were published online, though some may also have been published in a print journal or e-zine. These online stories … Continue reading Best Online Short Stories July 2017

Goals, To-do Lists, Productivity, and Creativity

The first rule of writing is to write. There are a bunch of other rules about how to do it. The last rule of writing is, to write. I know I am not alone in suffering from the Shiny Object Syndrome. I have told myself often when I’m working on an outline, or sketching scenes … Continue reading Goals, To-do Lists, Productivity, and Creativity