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Build Your World

Now you have a story and the characters in it, but what about the rest of your world? Most people think that only fantasy or science-fiction writers have to create a world for their writing, but even writers who create contemporary stories create their worlds. They just create a fictional world based more closely to […]

Create Your Characters

Now that you’ve got a story idea, who are the people in it? Often, a story is centered around a single, strong character, and you’ve already answered that question. But, what if you haven’t? Well, then, maybe I can help. First, if you need to flesh out an entire character, including a bit of family […]

Story Ideas

Need a NaNoWriMo story idea? Maybe you don’t. Maybe you’ve been thinking about this for a long time and you’re ready to start writing. If so, you’re golden and this is post is all academic for you. If not, this post is all about helping get you started. First of all, you have time before […]

Naming Names

Naming is hard. Naming things can be one of the most difficult tasks for an author. Whether it’s naming people, places or things, the endless work of finding just the right name, one that sounds realistic and fits the circumstances, can be trying work. For me, place names are the hardest to do well. No […]

Random Fiction Helpers

Last year, I shared these tools to help people participating in NaNoWriMo and, since it’s that time of year again, I’m going to share them again. Maybe one year, I’ll be able to get myself together again and give this a try.  Maybe this coming year, I’ll have all my regular posts queued up and […]

5 Random Writing Tools

So, in support of NaNoWriMo, this month, I’ve decided to serve up nothing but writing-related links. At a week into the process of writing your novel, you should be well on your way.  But, maybe there are some back-story details you’d like to fill in.  Maybe a character who needs an odd name, or who’s […]

Creative Generators

So, in keeping with the theme this month of NaNoWriMo, I bring you creative time-wasters! Okay, so maybe I call them “helpful utilities” when I use them, but, still… Back in the day, I was much more of a Renaissance man that I am now.  I dabbled in all kinds of things not least of […]

A Story A Week

No, not me. So, there’s a guy over at The Power Factory, Jonathan Munn, who’s declared a goal of writing one story per week for a year.  He’s writing fantasy and science-fiction for the young adult market, a term I hate, by the way.  He’s off to a good start so far.  These are free, […]


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