Ah, the love triangle. For the romantically inclined, is there anything more enticing, more gut-wrenching? The passion, the torn desires, the often vastly different futures - it’s simply too much! *back of hand to forehead in fainting gesture!* Okay, I’ll stop. But in all seriousness, a well-written triangle can have your readers not only emotionally … Continue reading How to Write an Irresistible Love Triangle
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 though I drove … Continue reading Something in the Woods
I can’t count the number of times someone told me to join a writer’s group. And every time, I’d think, “Yeah, that’s a good idea. I’m gonna go look for one.” And then every time without fail I’d stall somewhere between the idea and actually going. The closest groups are too far away, they’re too … Continue reading Go Join a Writer’s Group. Seriously. Right Now.
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
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
Writing dragons is a popular topic here at Invisible Ink, and one of my personal favorites. We’ve talked about general tips for writing them and some of the common types, and today I want to look at some of the more technical aspects of writing these mythical creatures. My number one piece of advice when … Continue reading Technical Aspects of Writing Dragons
This morning browsing my reader, I came across a writing prompt over at the Mad Chronicler. I’m such a sucker for prompts, so I spent some time this morning working on a piece of short fiction. I would love to see what else comes from this prompt, so if you take up the challenge, please … Continue reading Writing Prompt from the Mad Chronicler
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 … Continue reading A Look at Effective Novel Intros