100 Random Storytelling Thoughts And Tips, Starting Now

100 Random Storytelling Thoughts And Tips, Starting Now

0: none of this is true unless you find it to be true. 1. If you’re bored, we’re bored. 2. Characters at every level of the story want something — love, revenge, cake, whatever — and when we meet them we’d better soon know what that thing is. Especially if it’s cake. We can all get behind a character who will kill for cake. I’d kill for cake. Wouldn’t you? 3. Are the characters feeling safe? Good. Now make them

How To Make The Most Out Of A Writing Critique: Ten Tips

As you are a Certified Penmonkey — *stamps your head with the ancient sigil* — you will at various intersections be forced to endure a critique of your work. I don’t mean bad reviews, though those will line up, too, and you will run their gauntlet as they whack you about the head and neck with their bludgeoning sadness. No, I mean a proper critique. Knives out. Blood on the paper. You will receive..

An Expedition Into The Dark, Tumultuous Heart Of Authorial Self-hatred

An Expedition Into The Dark, Tumultuous Heart Of Authorial Self-hatred

You’re sitting there. You’re writing. It’s going good. Or just okay. Or whatever. Your fingers are moving, your brain is barfing up ideas, and sentence by sentence, this story comes to life. And then: this radar ping, where you unconsciously send out a signal to test your self-worth as a writer to ask the innocuous question, hey, how’s it going? and the ping returns back less like a sonic ping-pong ball...

25 Steps To Being A Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition

So, here’s the deal — August for me is, as the kids say, “supa-cray-cray.” I’m working on like, 17 novels and two scripts or something like that. As such, I have put out various tendrils and pea shoots and solicited the aid of various Friends of Terribleminds (TM) to drop in throughout the month and plaster their guest posts on the walls here. Today is the Mistress of Bludbunnies, Delilah S. Dawson...

25 Humpalicious Steps For Writing Your First Sex Scene

Some folks are allowed to post guest blogs here. Even fewer of those folks are allowed to take over the coveted Tuesday “25 Things” spot, but here’s Delilah Dawson anyway, with a post I couldn’t refuse if only because of the word “humpalicious” (AND ALSO SHE HAS A GUN HELP PLEASE HELP SEND HELP CALL SOMEBODY CALL ANYBODY). Delilah has a new book out today...

Brooke Johnson: Five Things I Learned Writing The Guild Conspiracy

Brooke Johnson: Five Things I Learned Writing The Guild Conspiracy

In the face of impossible odds, can one girl stem the tides of war? It has been six months since clockwork engineer Petra Wade destroyed an automaton designed for battle, narrowly escaping with her life. But her troubles are far from over. Her partner on the project, Emmerich Goss, has been sent away to France, and his father, Julian, is still determined that a war machine will be built. Forced to...

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