Building A World Without Going Insane

If you think the title is over the top, you’ve either never suffered from Worldbuilder’s Disease, lucky you (and yes, it’s a real affliction!), or your story takes place in this world, which just sits there, ready-made for the risk-averse writer. Just kidding. Even if your story takes place in the so-called “real world,” you …

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A Dose of Romance Realism – by M.C. Torrent

Let’s talk about story romances y’all. I’m no expert on writing romance, but this comes coincidentally with some possibly terrible life choices I’ve made so I guess we’re stuck with this. So, yeah, this is probably nothing new, but you know what? Let’s talk about YA because as a person who falls into the YA …

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Finding True Love For Your Character – by Laura Ingermann

Love. It’s such a mysterious thing. And it isn’t any easier to find in your own story, which is kind of odd, isn’t it - after all, you’re the plot god; it’s your world, your creatures, and if you say ‘Now kiss!’, sparks should be flying, and rainbows should be shooting out of... clouds, and …

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How to Pants the Living Daylights Out of Your Story – A Journey with M.C. Torrent

So last time I talked about Dungeons and Dragons and mentioned how similar tabletop RPGs can help you with your worldbuilding/plotting. But another unexpected benefit I’ve discovered from DMing my current campaign was the result of the sheer stupidity of my players and how incredibly well they’ve managed to butcher the storyline so far. We’ve …

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The Importance of Writing Groups – by Joy Fetters

For the longest time, I thought that writing was a solitary activity.  I’m one of those writers who likes to go to Barnes and Noble, plug in noise-cancelling headphones, and just write away for a few hours, and I tend to do my best when I’m alone.  Until I started participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel …

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WHY YOUR STORY’S PREMISE AND CONCEPT AREN’T THE SAME THING – by Lauren Ingermann

Just as there is yin and yang, pantsers and plotters, so there are also two kinds of writing... let’s call them “zones.” The one zone is clear and structured, with lots of rules and tips and worksheets to fill out. Story structure comes to mind, with its plot points and pinch points and percentages to …

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