That, my friend, is an excellent question, and one I've asked myself many times. The simple answer is: however long it takes to tell your story. But what should I aim for? It all depends on what you’re writing and who your audience is. If you’re writing a children's story it should be around 10,00 … Continue reading How Long Should My Story Be?
Today, I was supposed to talk about plotting. But I'm not going to, because I'm an expert at making detailed plans and then abandoning them. You know what else I was supposed to be doing? Rewriting Reign of Chaos. You know what I'm not doing? Rewriting Rei- Rewriting Reign of Chaos. Don't interrupt me. Well … Continue reading How to Throw Your Plans Out the Window Like a Boss
The protagonist is certainly the most important character in a story, next to the antagonist of course, but what about the side characters? They're just there as useful plot points to further the main character along, right? Right? Heck no. Every side character is the main character in their own story. You're telling their story … Continue reading Side Characters
This is the third post in my series about creating characters. If you missed the first two, follow these links- Let There Be Life and Types of Characters. If you've been following along, by now you should have all the basic details of your character; their name, their family, the main parts of their personality. … Continue reading From 2-D to 3-D
Excerpt from Addleberg Lang: I’m going to explain why I wrote this story before I give the context. This was the first short story I wrote for CWW; which means it was also the first timed one. This specific exercise was called The First Shall Be Last. We were each given a slip of paper … Continue reading The Simulator
Alrighty my people, it’s time to get to the good stuff. As amazing as your plot may be, your story will flat without compelling characters. There should be four posts in this series (Since I already did the Antagonist post.) but we’ll see what happens. In this post, I’m just going to cover the basics … Continue reading Let There Be Life
The punishment for poaching in the Huntsmen's forest is death by banishment, and that becomes Emily's looming future when she's framed for running a fur trading business. Cast into the dark woods, filled with prowling predators, and poisoned by her betrothed, her chances of survival for even more than a night seem nonexistent. And then … Continue reading The Wolves of Wullferg Keep