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 … Continue reading WorldBuilding: New World Essentials

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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 … Continue reading How to Construct Gripping Fight Scenes

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 … Continue reading WorldBuilding: How to Write a Fictional Royal Court

Academy of Villainy: 6 Things It IS Okay For Your Antagonist To Do


A couple of weeks ago I posted 7 Things Your Antagonist Should Never Do, and while thinking and researching for that article I also realized that there’s a long list of things that your antagonist CAN do, cliche or not, under certain circumstances. Writing is such a fluid art that there really aren’t any hard … Continue reading Academy of Villainy: 6 Things It IS Okay For Your Antagonist To Do

Academy of Villainy: 7 Things an Antagonist Should Never Do


You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s the protagonist in his version of the world. -John Rogers -- Isn’t that the truth? It seems like there’s a been a movement over the past couple of years to develop stories through antagonistic characters; make villains as twisted as your heroes are straight … Continue reading Academy of Villainy: 7 Things an Antagonist Should Never Do