Torturing Characters and the God Who Heals

Aside from being insane procrastinators, staying-up-late-editing-ers, and insane coffee drinkers, one of the most common stereotypes of authors is the character killer/torturer. The jokes abound everywhere and are some of the most commonly shared memes that exist in the writing world. In a recent post by Allison Tebo (author of the Tales of Ambia series … Continue reading Torturing Characters and the God Who Heals

Slopes of Mt. Doom ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 8

We've discussed openings, character development, relationships, plot, world-building. Now, we've arrived at the climax and resolution. Generally, this is the most important part of your story. Everything you've been working towards is leading up to this moment, the cataclysmic breath of time where everything is either destroyed or resolved. (Usually, the latter.) The most crucial … Continue reading Slopes of Mt. Doom ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 8

The Breaking of the Fellowship ~ The Writer’s Journey Part #7

While in earlier posts we discussed world-building, characters, and plot, this post is going to talk about relationships. While some of these aspects apply to all types, this is going to focus especially on romantic relationships in fiction. First thing, however. I am a Christian and do not write smut in my books. If I … Continue reading The Breaking of the Fellowship ~ The Writer’s Journey Part #7

Citadels and Coppices ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 6

One of the most crucial parts of any story aside from characters and plot is world-building. Now, this differs greatly depending on what you're writing. Naturally, you're going to handle world-building in a very different fashion if you're writing historical fiction versus fantasy. I'm going to address both methods since the biggest different only depends … Continue reading Citadels and Coppices ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 6

The Fellowship ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 5

Here we are for the 5th installment in this writing tips miniseries! As usual, if you’ve missed the previous posts, you can read them here. I do apologize in the pause between updates, life happened. But anyway, one of the most crucial aspects to any story is your cast. Your plot and your setting and your … Continue reading The Fellowship ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 5

First Leg ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 3

Long time no see! I've been crazy busy with editing my book and school and haven't had time to write the next installment, so I do apologize! But anyway. This is similar to the last post, which was talking about the importance of first lines. If you've missed the previous installment, you can read it … Continue reading First Leg ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 3

Going on an Adventure ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 1

"Start a novel is like opening a door on a misty landscape; you can see very little, but you can smell the earth and feel the wind blowing." Iris Murdoch Writing a book—or a short story—is very much a challenging process, especially if attempting it for the first time. Generally, any story starts with an … Continue reading Going on an Adventure ~ The Writer’s Journey Part 1