How Not to Suck at Everyday Life, Writing

Don’t be a Reddit writer.

I hate everyone on the internet.1

I was recently told to create for myself a presence on Medium, so I spent today doing that. And it made me egregiously sad.
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The Well, Writing

The Best Books on Writing

Are there any books regarding creative writing or the writing process that you personally recommend, and if so, why?

— Galen

To be honest, I don’t read a ton of books on craft. I go back and forth between thinking they’re a waste of time that I could be using to write and thinking that I already know most of what’s going to be in there. I have run across a few books that I’ve enjoyed and/or found helpful, so I’ll share those, plus a list of books I’d recommend in addition to process books. Continue reading “The Best Books on Writing”

Characters, Writing

Writers Weekend: Character Quirks

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Welcome to Writers Weekend, your virtual getaway dedicated to all things writing! Join a community of writers as we share our struggles, triumphs, and most of all, our love of the craft. Every other week I’ll post a prompt, whether it’s a list of questions or an open ended inquiry or just a random writing exercise. Write your post, add your link in a comment, and then check out and comment on a few of the other links! You can grab the blog button below (or the banner above!), but please link back.
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Writing

Writers Weekend: WIP

Writers Weekend Banner

Welcome to Writers Weekend, your virtual getaway dedicated to all things writing! Join a community of writers as we share our struggles, triumphs, and most of all, our love of the craft. Every other week I’ll post a prompt, whether it’s a list of questions or an open ended inquiry or just a random writing exercise. Write your post, add your link in a comment, and then check out and comment on a few of the other links! You can grab the blog button below (or the banner above!), but please link back.
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The Well

Novel Research

How much research do you usually do before writing a novel? I’m sure it depends on the genre, but maybe not.

— Kelly

Thanks for the question, Kelly!

For me personally, I don’t usually do any research before writing a novel. It doesn’t matter the genre, though I’ve only really tried fantasy, contemporary, and YA. A book of essays or something more… research-based, for lack of a better term, would probably merit a little bit more, but I’m a pantser in the worst way. I would even occasionally start research papers in college before I actually did the majority of my research. Continue reading “Novel Research”

The Well, Writing

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”

Writing

What Writers Do (and Don’t Do)

I was talking with a friend the other day, one who knew I worked as a writer, and it came out in conversation that she just assumed I wrote everything by hand. Being a writer, this of course baffled me, but I’ve come to realize that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about writers in general, but especially about people who make a living from it. So, for those of you who aren’t writers, here’s a little primer for you… Continue reading “What Writers Do (and Don’t Do)”