A Map Comes Alive!

It’s map time! In case you haven’t guessed maps are one of my favorite topics. I dearly love writing—there’s no finer main course—but I love my map making dessert, too, Continue Reading →

World Building: Naming a Continent—or Not

It’s hard to believe you can fail to address a decision for so long the task becomes disproportionate to its importance. One world building question of mine went unanswered for Continue Reading →

Molding a Sub-Genre

What genre you write in isn’t as important as knowing what genre you write. Sounds like a joke, but actually I’m quite serious. I’ve had times when I had my Continue Reading →

Bad Writing Advice: Naming Stuff

For fantasy writers, especially, naming is critical. World building demands it. Of course, world building demands a lot of things, but there are those pesky rules. No excessive backstory. No Continue Reading →

Getting it Right: Painful and Priceless

Lessons teach. Painful lessons are more often retained. Painful lessons learned in public are almost impossible to forget. No lesson was less painful than my online story, which I serialized Continue Reading →

Magic Limitations

Fantasy world building. The possible considerations are infinite. Choices must be made. Some loom large and have great implications. Some are easy and require minimal thought. For instance, most authors Continue Reading →

Searching for a Genre

You’ve caught me in a moment of writing journey reflection, but I promise to move forward and step through the looking glass before the end. The weather here has climbed Continue Reading →

The #NaNoWriMo Bottom Line

Photo: CA Hawthorne

NaNoWriMo is a great tool for those wanting to attack a new work-in-progress (WIP) or those first wandering into the writing wilderness. The last couple of weeks I’ve talked about Continue Reading →