WorldBuilding: New World Essentials


Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on creating a master worldbuilding worksheet. It’s taken so long because the list is so extensive – I hope to have it ready for both you and me in the coming weeks, but it occurred to me this morning as I began worldbuilding for a new story […]

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Something in the Woods (complete)


#instagramstory #shortshort #microfiction No one ever went back that road. There were houses on either end, but it was the places in between people told stories about. They said there was more to that land than strange noises and walking shadows, more than a mere haunting at twilight. There were things in those woods. Even […]

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WorldBuilding: How to Write a Fictional Royal Court


Lemme tell you guys… this one was a doozy to write. Several weeks ago I was doing some worldbuilding and setting development for my WIP trilogy, when it dawned on me that I hadn’t spent much time developing the secondary characters that are going to be around my main protagonist. She’s a young royal, ascending […]

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WorldBuilding: Herblore Pt. 2


I first started exploring herbs and what I could collect and do with them myself some years ago, and I have to confess that I was nervous about it at first. As a kid, there was a berry bush that grew at the edge of my backyard, and sometimes I would sit out there and […]

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WorldBuilding: Herblore Pt. 1


  At this point, it’s probably fairly obvious how obsessive I am about the little details when worldbuilding. With some of my larger WIPs I have a bad tendency to spend more time determining things about the world that are unlikely to actually have a direct impact on the story than actually drafting and writing. […]

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A Look at Effective Novel Intros


If you’re anything like me, I have a hard time writing if I can’t get a story’s hook correct. It will bother the daylights out of me, so that I write a sentence or two, then go back and try to edit the first line, which usually results in having to hit the backspace button […]

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BattleCraft: Strategic Assessments


Military action is important to the nation—it is the ground of death and life, the path of survival and destruction, so it is imperative to examine it. –Master Sun We’ve talked before about how when you write in a fantasy world it’s your job as the writer to literally re-create the real world, from the […]

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How Writing Erotica Helps You Write Better Fantasy


Most of you probably don’t know this, but I write erotica. It’s not a dirty little secret or something I’m ashamed of, because I’m pretty good at it, but it is something that takes a certain mindset to get into. And while it’s probably not something you’d tell your mama about, once you’re in it’s […]

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WorldBuilding: Components of a Religion


There are fewer forces in our own world that carry the same weight as religion. Wars are fought, lands conquered, and entire peoples wiped from the face of the planet in the name of the gods. From the earliest forming of human societies, religion has shaped the way we view ourselves, our fellows, the natural […]

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