Age of Sigmar: Soulbound – Role-playing Game Review
 

Age of Sigmar: Soulbound

Role-playing Game Review

 
Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire by Dan Hanks
 

Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire

New Release Review

 
Livestream Chat with Fonda Lee, Andrea G. Stewart, and K. S. Villoso
 

Fonda Lee, Andrea G. Stewart, and K. S. Villoso

Livestream Chat

 

Browsing all articles tagged with writing advice.

On Writing Fanfiction

On Writing Fanfiction 

Fanfiction is amazing. Hard stop. For those readers who don’t know what fanfiction is, basically it’s where fans of an intellectual property use that property as a basis for their writing. (So, the fanfiction writers actually use the copyrighted settings, characters, etc. in whatever they’re writing—poems, one-shots, short stories.) There’s fanfiction for nearly every type […]

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On Character Agency

On Character Agency 

What will a character do next? What can they do next? These are the questions that drive the narrative of a story forward and determine what direction it will follow. While they may follow a greater plot arc, the best characters have agency of their own that directs their narrative. Character agency is usually defined […]

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NaNoWriMo 2019: My Personal Experience – Part Two: I WON!

NaNoWriMo 2019: My Personal Experience – Part Two: I WON! 

This is part two of my experience participating in NaNoWriMo 2019, a writing exercise where one attempts to write a novel (50,000 words) in a month’s time. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to read part one first. Huzzah, I did it! I won! I am very much relieved I survived the grueling […]

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NaNoWriMo 2019: My Personal Experience – Part One

NaNoWriMo 2019: My Personal Experience – Part One 

As I am writing this, I am feeling completely burned out. My hair is a mess (is that another silver strand sprouting up?!), my eyes are puffy and twitchy, dark circles nestle beneath and I am desperately trying to hold back a yawn…aaaaand the yawn wins out. I managed to force out 400 words this […]

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On the Importance of Critique Groups

On the Importance of Critique Groups 

Writing can be—and often is—a solitary journey. The stereotypical and sometimes romantic notion of a writer alone in a room penning the next great novel does stem from truth. Most of the time, writers do their work alone, whether that be in a coffee shop surrounded by people or in their one-bedroom apartment surrounded by […]

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Writing Fantasy Saved My Mental State

Writing Fantasy Saved My Mental State 

Fantasy is sometimes referred to as “escapism” and it comes in many forms—whether that be reading a novel, getting immersed in a movie, or even playing a video game. That escapist state also comes while a writer is penning new stories—crafting new worlds, interesting magic, fun creatures, and adventurous plotlines. This is especially true when […]

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As I Learn: How Your Story-Beast Moves

As I Learn: How Your Story-Beast Moves 

In the wild, lions live and hunt in prides. An adult male can weigh as much as 200 kg (mostly muscle), and an adult female can reach top speeds of 80 km/h—fitting since they do a lot of the hunting in the pride. These are creatures built for power and speed. Yet, these “Kings and […]

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Worldbuilding Through Characterization

Worldbuilding Through Characterization 

When somebody mentions worldbuilding the first thing you’ll think of is probably a lavishly detailed map, something filled with interesting geography, the locations of important cities, and maybe a dragon in the far corner. Or perhaps what springs to mind is a family tree of noble houses that lists their connections and feuds. Maybe you’ll […]

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What If… – Guest Blog by Tom Lloyd

What If… – Guest Blog by Tom Lloyd 

Writing—It’s all basically the same whatever genre, right? No, of course I don’t believe that! If I did, I’d be trying to make my fortune in romance or something. There are a few reasons why I’m not (much to the disappointment of my friends, family and every person I’ve had to tell, “No, not that […]

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On Planning My First Solo Author Event

On Planning My First Solo Author Event 

Planning a book related event is stressful on all accounts, no matter if it’s a simple reading or a large writing conference. Regardless of size, the same questions remain: Will people have a good time? Does the agenda flow smoothly? Will people discover something exciting? Are there enough networking opportunities? What about food and drinks? […]

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As I Learn: Or Why I Stopped Calling Myself A Pantser

As I Learn: Or Why I Stopped Calling Myself A Pantser 

Do you already know what type of writer you are? You may call yourself a discovery writer, an outliner or a mixture of both. We traditionally think of discovery writers, gardeners, and pantsers as writers who make up their stories as they go, and outliners, architects, and plotters as writers who pre-construct their plots before […]

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Publishing Program at Portland State University

Publishing Program at Portland State University 

In early 2014, I was lucky enough to be accepted into the Master of Science in Writing: Book Publishing Program at Portland State University (PSU). I quit my day-job, moved from Alaska to Oregon, and started the program in fall 2014. That particular move was a whirlwind, by the way—driving down to Oregon with my […]

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