If you’re like me, developing governments and politics might not be the most thrilling part of worldbuilding. But it is an important facet to think through–especially if your stories tend to prominently feature governments and/or politics. (Anyone else end up writing lots of political stories even though you’re not a big politics person?) So today I’m going to show you the most critical pieces of shaping a fictional government. Once you have these Continue reading “Developing a Fictional Government — The Short Version”
If you’ve started a project, chances are you love at least one thing about that project; otherwise, why invest time in it? But do you know why you love it? Do you know how to keep that spark burning once you hit the murky middle, you’re struggling to wrap up all your plot threads surrounding the climax, or you’re fighting through edits?
Today I want to talk about why you should choose something to Continue reading “Why You Should Choose to Love Your Project”
Today I’m excited to share a guest post from Cate VanNostrand, who has been a long-time friend and supporter of my work and, I’m happy to announce, recently launched a blog where you can learn more about her and her work! There will be a link to her website at the bottom of the post and I highly recommend you check it out. But for now I’ll pass you over to her!
History has a huge impact on the way we write. Whether we’re basing our stories off of real-life historical events or using history to Continue reading “Worldbuilding Lessons from a History Major – Guest Post by Cate VanNostrand”
I recently talked with an author who told me she struggles to worldbuild for her own projects and generate all the details, but she loves helping other authors refine their worlds and problem-solve.
Is this you, too? If you’re a problem-solving author and you feel like it takes more energy than it should to generate the initial Continue reading “How to Approach Worldbuilding as Problem-Solving”
As we get started in the new year and many of us begin working toward particular writing goals, it seemed a fitting time to share several of the writing tools that I’ve found most useful in my own process, in case they turn out to work well for you also. I’ve sorted them in terms of when I use them in my own writing process, going from Continue reading “My Top 7 Writing Tools”