How much world building is the minimum necessary before you start writing? Well, it depends. Two main factors: one, how different you want your story to be, and two, how much you’re willing to make up as you go along. How different you want your story to be is important. If you’re writing another generic… Continue Reading »
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One of the best ways to draw readers into a book and draw the ‘aww’ factor is to include a romance. For those intending to include more risque elements, it is far more organic to include sex scenes in the course of a romance than to find other ways to insert one. (There are other… Continue Reading »
So, motivation. Why is your character taking the MacGuffin to the MacGuffin Disposal system? Why is his plucky sidekick along for the ride? What is the love interest pursuing that puts her (or him, if the protagonist is, say, a female auto mechanic) on the same path as our intrepid hero? The answer to these… Continue Reading »
Sorry for the lack of posts the last couple of weeks, I’ve been quite sick and busy. Should be back posting this weekend.
Research is an essential part of writing. You may be writing fantasy set in the land of never never was, but unless you’re explicitly turning off the laws of physics and not drawing on any of humanity’s stunningly rich mythological background, you risk flubbing something dramatically that will break reader’s suspension of disbelief – and… Continue Reading »