Whose Emotion Is It?

Whose Emotion Is It?

Someone once asked me at a reading what I would say to an aspiring writer, and I answered “craft your pain.” I believe a story can uplift, amuse, and encourage, but no matter how lucky you are, by birth or chance, everyone experiences grief. Everyone knows loss, and everyone needs, at one time or another,… Read more »

Moving Past the Middle Muddle Mood

Moving Past the Middle Muddle Mood

The creative life is filled with magic, passion, and adventure. This is the truth. Writing, like reading, transports a soul. This is also true. Even if you’re only in it for the money and fame (ha, ha), if you keep at it, you will discover things about yourself and the world you could know in… Read more »

What NOT to include in the First Chapter

What NOT to include in the First Chapter

Previously on Worldly Wise, we talked about what can make great hooks for your speculative fiction novel. Now, if you’ve got some idea of how you’re going to grab your potential reader’s attention, shall we work on how to retain it? There are a lot of things you can do to produce an ideal first… Read more »

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Intellectual Property: Copyrights, Trademarks, Design Marks, Oh My!

Disclaimer: DIY MFA does not provide legal, tax accounting, or financial advice. In making decisions regarding whether and when to file intellectual property (IP) protection or other decisions that may have legal and/or financial ramifications, we strongly urge you to speak to a licensed IP attorney for the most accurate information. Have you ever wondered… Read more »

How to Write a Hook for Speculative Fiction

How to Write a Hook for Speculative Fiction

What’s the hardest thing for you when you write? Besides actually sitting down to write. Many writers might say “starting a chapter”. If you’re one of them, Welcome! Let’s end this trouble, shall we? Entry hooks can be one of the hardest elements of a story to write, regardless of the genre. But if you… Read more »

It’s Messy in the Middle: Rethinking Transgender Narratives

It’s Messy in the Middle: Rethinking Transgender Narratives

Welcome back to It’s Messy in The Middle, where we reflect on ways to craft complex characters and build dynamic worlds that readers with underrepresented identities can connect with. For the past year, I have been anxiously sitting on the sidelines, trying to determine if I should address gender identity in this column. While I… Read more »

Overcoming the Preciousness of Your Prose

Overcoming the Preciousness of Your Prose

When I first started seriously pursuing writing, I struggled, like many new beginners, with the preciousness of my prose. My early stories were bad. And, I knew it. After a few years, when I finally wrote a short piece I was proud of, it seemed incredibly precious and fragile. When I told a friend that… Read more »