Writing Techniques: Place Names

My strategy for place names is similar to my strategy for character names, which I previously discussed in a blog post here. By similar, I mean it is almost exactly the same, but there are some nuances worth discussing. I know a lot of folks trend more toward the "don't sweat it" when it comes to... Continue Reading →

Writing Rewind #3: Wings of Fate Chapter 1 Part 2

I can feel a headache brewing already... which means it's time for part 3! Last time, we met our beloved hero, Heiwa, who lives in the countryside with his grouchy grandmother and his terminally-ill mother. Now, we get the first taste of the plot, as Heiwa receives a mysterious (and likely poorly written) letter... KEY/GUIDE:... Continue Reading →

Writing Techniques: Music

When it comes to my own writing projects, I typically construct playlists to listen to while working. I LOVE when I read a great book and the author includes a list of songs they listened to while writing, either on their website or in the back pages. It helps readers get a glimpse into their... Continue Reading →

Writing Techniques: Setting

I bet y'all looked at the title of this post and thought that this would be about creating settings for a story, right? GUESS AGAIN! I actually want to talk about "setting" in the context of the writing process. Like, the setting where the actual writing takes place... the "work space," if you will. Where the so-called... Continue Reading →

Writing Techniques: Phases

I think every writer - whether professional or amateur - goes through phases. As a teenager, I wrote fanfiction. I don't mean to admit this in a dramatic fashion, like admitting past alcoholism or addiction. I'm not ashamed of this tidbit of my writing history - but it is definitely a practice that I never intend to return... Continue Reading →

Writing Techniques: Character Names

Minor/minimal spoilers ahead. Like a lot of authors/writers, I prefer to give my characters unique names - and I often choose names with particular meanings. This is not the case for all names I choose, as some are just selected by random, but most of the names I pick have a specific meaning and purpose. My... Continue Reading →

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