Maintaining Focus while Remaining Open

When it comes to writing, no matter where you are in terms of skill or talent, it's important to keep focused on your own goals while also keeping yourself open to new ideas, techniques, and attitudes. It is a personal balance between application of knowledge and individual direction. Discernment is a powerful tool for an … Continue reading Maintaining Focus while Remaining Open

In Your Character’s Mind

For authors, the practice of delving into the thoughts, feelings, and processes of our characters is extremely important. The depth of this process for each character is dictated by the level of focus a story maintains on the particular character. NPC-types don't need much, if any, exploration into the internal except for a lark. Protagonists … Continue reading In Your Character’s Mind

Do Your Characters Control You?

As a creator of unique fictional worlds, it is important to remember that YOU are the one who controls canon over the setting, the plot, and the characters. Writers flirt with giving characters "consciousnesses" and talking about fictional worlds as if they exist outside of themselves. There are a few reasons for this. One of which is … Continue reading Do Your Characters Control You?

How Dreams Influence Writing

Dreams, what exactly are they and how do they relate to our writing? Literal dreams are the visions, images, and stories you experience during slumber or sometimes in different states of consciousness. This does not pertain to 'dreams' in the sense of goals or future aims. The idea of studying dreams became popularized by Carl Jung and his … Continue reading How Dreams Influence Writing

A Matter of Perspective (#0039)

Let's talk about Perspective a little bit. Not first-person, not second-person, not even third-person perspectives. If you'd like to read about literal Point of View involving a narrator's position, then feel free to read these decent articles on the issue; The Write Practice's Point of View in Writing, Aim's College Points of View in Writing, Quick … Continue reading A Matter of Perspective (#0039)

Tips and Tricks to Increasing Word Count – NaNo15

Inspired by NaNoWriMo. I didn't reference anything for this, just wrote my own experience, so I'm sure there is overlap with other lists out there. Anyways, here are my most used Tips and Tricks to Increasing Word Count on my NaNo Manuscript. Write Dialogue between 2-3 characters. Whenever I start writing dialogue, the characters often … Continue reading Tips and Tricks to Increasing Word Count – NaNo15