Novella or Serial

When it comes to deciding a format that can be a a tough thing to do, especially when you are in the stages before you actually write it. There are a number of ways that a story can turn out. For one it could become a novel, it could be a short story or a…

2015 Writing and Reading Goals

2015 has past and we are now two days into the new year. So far it is off to a decent start, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a set of goals to accomplish for the coming months. Let’s note that these are not resolutions, resolutions don’t get you very far due to their…

I Become A December Writing Wasteland

I did NaNoWriMo, then I crashed. I wasn’t exhausted or overspent. Yes, I hit a major number with NaNo, but my stopping wasn’t fatigue it was what happens to me every year come December. I fall into a rut. A rut of not wanting to work. All that rushes through my mind is the desire…

Is it Good Enough Yet?

Recently, I’ve been wondering how one can know that something is good. The easiest way is to pass it off to others to see if they also think it is good. However, I’ve run into a issue with that idea, particularly when one is working with an unpublished piece. There is a phenomenon that happens…

Zeitgeist: Not Just A Great Word

There are few words that can be as catchy as they are meaningful and zeitgeist is one of them. Despite it being a great word, there aren’t a whole lot of people who actually know what it means. Instead of joining me in a heated discussion of various works that capture the zeitgeist of an…

Characters: Traits and Behaviors

Characters are tough to write at times. They are more than just objects to move the story and plot forward. They are meant to be so much more. They are the author’s opportunity to create and execute an array of personalities that can interact in a story. The hardest thing to remember sometimes is that…

Worldbuilding: It’s About the Rules

Worldbuilding is an extremely complex process, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Every story needs some sort of world building. Even contemporary stories require world building, not just fantasies and historical fictions. The world must be built in order to establish some sort of context in any story. However there are ways to do…

The Moment My Story Clicked

I’ve been editing my novel for a while now. It’s been going on and off for 7 months now. At first I thought my novel was decent, but needed to be more interconnected. I was worried and concerned about if the story was ready. However as I went through for this draft, I found myself…

Stalling

Let’s be honest, sometimes getting to actually writing can be difficult. It is so easy to get comfortable with leisurely editing or just relaxing that writing seems like a far cry. Even worse, new projects or slow editing can be a diversion tactic from actually getting your work ready for submission or publication depending on…

First or Third Person?

Writing can be rought especially when you aren’t sure about the best route to portray the story. I’m talking about whether you wish to choose first person, third limited, third omniscent, or event second person. There are cases when you may decide which you want by simply knowing. There is no doubt in your mind…

Fairy Tail

Character Quirks

there are people out there who don’t think that the quirks of characters are very important when it comes to creating a character. Instead, it is thought that creating the emotional connections that work based off the character’s personality is the most important thing. However, I have found that when it comes to creating characters…

On To The Next One

It is almost inevitable that after finishing writing a first draft, I want to start up on another project that I came up with near the end of my newly finished draft. It’s the idea of the shiny new project. Some people get so caught up in the idea of the shiny new project that…

The Final Stretch

Nothing feels better than knowing that your story is coming to a close. It is even better when you know that it is likely going to end well. Coming together and securing loose ends and making everything feel like it came to some natural stop. It really is the best feeling. The Almost There Now,…

Is It Fantasy Enough?

I write fantasy and science fiction. Sometimes I start to wonder as I’m crafting these stories if I’m including enough of these things that essentially qualify my work as genre. Where do you draw the line as a reader for what has enough fantasy elements to you to keep you interested. Is there a limit…