Determination


I hate writing, I love having written. – Dorothy Parker Do you know what the single most important characteristic of a writer is? Determination. Determination translates to the discipline that sees you to writing even when you don’t feel like it, into perseverance to keep submitting in the face of rejection and through the writer’s […]

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Choosing the Best Perspective for Your Story


Something I’ve found myself wrestling with a lot lately is which perspective to write from. I’m not just talking about when I start new pieces either, but some of my long-standing WIPs have fallen into this speculation as well. I find myself wondering, often to the point of not writing, whether or not a story […]

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How to Construct Gripping Fight Scenes


Like a lot of my how to pieces here, this one came from my own developing of a fight scene. I used to be really good at writing them as a teenager. I used short, choppy and frequently fragmented sentences to develop the abrupt feel of a fight, choosing active words and keeping dialogue and […]

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What My Resume Should REALLY Say


Last week I was browsing through my WordPress Reader and came across something interesting from a blog I’ve recently started following: a personal narrative in the form of a “resume”; a growing up piece broken down into jobs and the experiences there. I’ve really become a sucker for personal narratives, especially when they’re engaging or […]

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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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