It’s Messy in The Middle: Potty Inequality

It’s Messy in The Middle: Potty Inequality

Welcome back to It’s Messy in The Middle, where we reflect on ways to craft complex characters and build dynamic worlds that will connect with readers from underrepresented identity groups.  So far, we have established the importance of answering the call for diverse and inclusive writing by focusing on specific, honest, and intentional representations of… Read more »

Busting 4 Myths about the Inciting Incident

Busting 4 Myths about the Inciting Incident

Hello beautiful people of the Internet! Welcome back to Worldly Wise, where we’re going to take the reins of your speculative fiction story and see it to the finish line together. Last time, we figured out what we should absolutely not include in the first chapter. Now that the first chapter is out of the… Read more »

Recipe for NaNoWriMo

Recipe for NaNoWriMo

Ingredients 1 sparkly new writing project 1 outline that has been edited and re-edited at least 4 times 1,667 daily word count 1 journal filled with novel-related notes 1 pen case filled with favorite markers, pens, and other writing implements 3 different types of word-processing software 4 cups of caffeinated beverage of choice 1 bowl… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Items to Add to Your Writer’s Wishlist

#5onFri: Five Items to Add to Your Writer’s Wishlist

Hullo, word nerds! The festivities have begun! Holiday season is upon us, and Black Friday is only a week away. If you’re anything like me, I’m willing to bet that you’re comfortably avoiding those herds of shoppers who hath ventured forth into the bleak midwinter’s darkness, determined to get deals.  Still, just because you’re not… Read more »

Perfect Your Pile of Words

Perfect Your Pile of Words

I call my first draft a “pile of words.” The first draft of anything is just about getting the words on the page, and those words don’t have to make a lot of sense. Between the time I shove that pile of words out of my brain and deliver a finished piece to an editor,… Read more »

The Book Nook: Interview with John Matthew Fox

The Book Nook: Interview with John Matthew Fox

Today I had the privilege of interviewing John Matthew Fox, author of The Linchpin Writer, a book on creativity. Since this is a craft book, the bulk of this interview will focus on applying his advice, which I think you will find extremely useful to your own writing projects. I know I found it useful… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Ways to Set the Scene Quickly and Subtly

#5onFri: Five Ways to Set the Scene Quickly and Subtly

Fiction isn’t journalism, of course. You don’t need to cram all five Ws (who, what, when, where, and why) into the opening paragraph of your novel or short story. Still, if you’re writing mainstream fiction, your readers ought to be able to establish some bearings early in the narrative. You need to set the scene. … Read more »