Don’t put the cart before the chull . . .

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

So, let’s talk world-building. Now, there’s a measure of this in every book. It’s setting, mood, timing, tone, and, most importantly, it’s where you lay the ground rules of what’s possible and what’s not in your book. You will tend to find the greatest degree of this world-building phenomena in genres like sci-fi and fantasy, especially of the epic variety. But how is it done? Where do you start? Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 1-23-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

There are so many other hobbies out there. Why did you decide to write?

Practical Prompt 1-21-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Consider the role of food in your story. You can use it to set a scene or provide characterization. What food does your character eat? What food does your character want to eat?

Plot Veer Epiphany

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

It’s been a struggle to keep my story on plot as I write my novel’s first draft, but I’ve finally figured out why things go wonky every few scenes: my characters aren’t following the script.

The culprit is usually a secondary character (different secondaries in different scenes). One character will say or do something that, though it makes total sense for that particular character in that particular situation, doesn’t quite work with the plot. Continue reading

Oh Bother!

Today we celebrate the birthday of AA Milne, the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, and National Winnie-the-Pooh Day. Who is your favorite character from the beloved children’s series?