An Easy Technique to Make Your Writing Sparkle

An Easy Technique to Make Your Writing Sparkle

Sam heard a faint tapping at the window as he was grading essays. He watched the red pen in his hand stop. He couldn’t believe the heavy rain had already started. He realized he had been working for three solid hours. He had watched the morning news earlier in the day that said the storms wouldn’t come in until late afternoon.
With a sigh, he pinched the bridge of his nose to stop the ache he felt behind his eyes. He decided to get another cup of coffee from the kitchen.
He looked around the small three-foot-by-three-foot space and realized all the coffee cups he owned were in the porcelain kitchen sink. It seemed he’d have to wash one. That was when he noticed the small footprints on the counter where he’d spilled flour the night before.
He wondered if the tiny people were back.

Speculating for a Better Future: Allure of Utopian Worlds

Speculating for a Better Future: Allure of Utopian Worlds

Welcome, beautiful people on the internet! We are at the final stop of Worldly Wise today, tracing the footsteps of various subgenres in the realm of Speculative Fiction. Unfortunately, we had only been able to cover Dystopian Fiction. But keeping my promise, today we will look into the key elements that you must include in… Read more »

Writing A Series Is Like Creating a RPG Campaign

Writing A Series Is Like Creating a RPG Campaign

How is Building a Game World like World Building for Writing? When I was introduced to RPG (Role Playing Gaming), it was 1977, and the concept was relatively new. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson had invented Dungeons and Dragons a few years before (1974) and a friend of mine who was a dedicated gamer introduced… Read more »

Unlocking the Recipe for Dystopian Fiction

Unlocking the Recipe for Dystopian Fiction

Welcome, beautiful people on the internet! As promised in the last column of Worldly Wise, we are continuing to trace the footsteps of various subgenres in the realm of Speculative Fiction. And here is our first stop. Whether it is George Orwell’s “1984” or Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” trilogy, or even Margaret Atwood’s “The… Read more »

To all the Awakeners

To all the Awakeners

Have you ever wondered, “Have I made it yet? Is this it? When will I ‘arrive’ as a writer?” If you have, I want you to change ‘make it as a writer’ to, ‘living a fulfilling life as a creative’. And if you read on, I will tell what a difference that slight change of… Read more »

Gabriela Interviews Emma Dhesi

Gabriela Interviews Emma Dhesi

Emma Dhesi is a book coach, novelist, and the author of Launch Pad: The Countdown To Writing Your Book. Gabriela Pereira: What led you to become a book coach and how did your own writing journey take you there?  Emma Dhesi: I was a bit of a slow starter to the publishing world. I’d been… Read more »

Middle-Grade Fantasy Challenges

Middle-Grade Fantasy Challenges

One would think it would be easier and more simplistic to be a writer of middle-grade fantasy, but as I get into my writing, I find myself encountering several challenges along the way.  Age-appropriate content Middle-grade fantasy is usually written for readers around 8-12 years old, so it’s essential I keep a balance between creating… Read more »

Prioritizing Plans Over Writing Goals

Prioritizing Plans Over Writing Goals

Earlier this week, a query response popped up in my inbox. I’ve been shopping around my second novel for almost a year, and even though I’ve sent back a revise-and-resubmit to an agent, it’s been hard to stay optimistic. Naturally, I steeled myself for the worse as I clicked that ominous bold subject.  It was… Read more »

Challenges on the Path to Discovery

Challenges on the Path to Discovery

What’s a Love Story Without a Few Bumps Along the Road? When last we left you, we were extolling the virtues of our critique group. Nothing has changed on that front, but it’s not the whole picture. We have our dysfunctions and challenges. Several challenges were logistics out of our control: managing four time zones;… Read more »