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Worldbuilding: The Devil’s in the Details

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How do you incorporate details into a story? Like if it’s a fantasy, how do you balance world-building with plot and character development? If it’s set in a historical period, how do you make sure the details are accurate, necessary?

-curious writer

The most important element of worldbuilding is the knowledge that people will approach your world with only the understanding of their own world. If they’re an avid reader, they might have a broader vocabulary concerning worldbuilding, but you can’t rely on something a reader might or might not know. So as you introduce details of a foreign world, be it fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction, alternate realities, what have you, always keep in the back of your mind how it relates to the here and now—the world to which your reader will unconsciously compare your world. Continue reading “Worldbuilding: The Devil’s in the Details”

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Hey Christians! Stop Ruining Young Writers!

Recently, in an attempt to advertise a site that I no longer write for, I joined a couple of Christian writers groups on Facebook. After I quit the site, I was too lazy to unsubscribe from them (and managing Facebook notifications makes me want to punch a wall), so I still see the new posts. I also follow a lot of Christian blogs, usually by people who claim to be fiction writers.

And a lot of what I see is deeply disturbing to me, both as a Christian and a writer. Continue reading “Hey Christians! Stop Ruining Young Writers!”

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Six Tips for Better Editing

What’s your process for editing a story after you’ve written and keeping interested in said story enough to edit it?

—Jaime

First, thanks a billion for your question, Jaime. Seriously. A billion.

I’m honestly still working on the process, unless you’re asking about physically how I do it, in which case I have the original draft up on one screen, the draft I’m working on up on another, and a bunch of notes scattered in front of me. As for the actual writing process, I only have one full-length novel draft so far, and I haven’t yet found the willpower to edit it again, though I have a lot of ideas for it. Even my poems are turning out harder than I thought to edit. I just can’t look at my own work objectively enough to know if the changes I’m making are better or worse. But I’ve found a few tricks that have worked for me on shorter stories, so I’ll list those out. Continue reading “Six Tips for Better Editing”

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Best Advice

Fandom Friday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Fangirl Initiative about all things fandom. This week’s topic is the best advice you’ve ever taken from a fandom, and my first instinct was “don’t panic” from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or “all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us,” from The Lord of the Rings, because those quotes have been with me for as long as I’ve been a fangirl. Continue reading “Best Advice”

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Ask Me Anything

I know a lot of random information, and I really love researching and learning more random information. I figured I could put all this to good use. So I’ve introduced an advice column—just in case you wanted opinions from some random person on the internet and Reddit wasn’t cutting it. Ask me anything—advice on a relationship problem, how to make your own jewelry, what book you should read next, how to properly use punctuation, whether the moon is made of cheese, etc. The world is your oyster, and I want nothing more than to help you harvest the pearl. So ask away! Continue reading “Ask Me Anything”