Vacation Break (Until 26th of May)

I'll be out on vacation until the 26th of May. I will check in occasionally to reply to messages, but for the most part, I'll be too busy baking my backside on the beach and drinking far more than necessary or, in fact, advisable. Like you, I spend most of my waking...

Make Sure Your Manuscript is Taken Seriously

Despite there being a whole trove of material on writing well, every publisher out there keeps being flooded with manuscripts repeating the same few mistakes over and over. This isn’t a problem. Rather, it’s an opportunity if you make your manuscript stand out. Take...

Can You Learn to Be a Better Writer?

Every aspiring writer that has hope of being published or— later in their career— making it out as a full-time writer spends a lot of time reading about the craft. They, and by saying they, I really mean you (and me), read articles like this one, hoping to find the...

Turn Your Words Into Compelling Images

Find me a writer who doesn’t want to dazzle his readers with words. Any takers? No. That’s because each generation races to surpass the achievements of the one before. A lot of contemporary writers work to further the boundaries of the craft. But when they try too...

The Three Writing Mindsets That Make You Struggle

When you read about writing you often hear terms like plotting and pantsing. You hear people refer to their writing method as a process, as if creativity could be bottled up or distilled into a sequence of steps. The realities of writing, however, are much more...

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Baba Yaga and the Children, Part 1

Such a tasty-licky thing, kiddies. Mhm, yes. Scared and dripping with sweat. Oh! Bones stuffed with despair. Not old stringy flesh, no, no. Young and tender. Long, long time since I had one. Them runs too quick. A grumble from me stomach. No. Not grumble. Echo. Like...

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Make Your Worldbuilding Pop! How Settings Come Alive

People read because they like to be transported to a different place and a different time. To keep up with demand, writers of all genres keep outdoing themselves by coming up with more detailed or elaborate settings where their stories take place. We’re the CGI...

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How to Make Your Backstory Interesting

All great stories happen to the backdrop of a rich backstory. But how to give the readers the necessary context and nuanced layers of meaning without boring them? The answer is: subtly. The goal of any backstory is to find its way into your narrative without your...

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Should Writing Be Fun?

Ever since I got involved with online writing communities, I interacted with a staggering number of writers from all over the world. And every one of them feels, thinks, or suspects they’re doing something wrong; like they skipped an important class on being a writer...

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Computers Changed How Writers Think

Would any modern writer willingly go back to the days of typewriters? I know a few who would, but the rest of us prefer to stick with computers. They beat typewriters in terms of speed, ease of use, and efficiency. But should we completely discard type- or...

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Motivation Reaction Units are the Secret of Great Prose

Everyone who writes wants to write well. And yet bad prose gets written all the time. Errors creep into our writing during the artistic fervor of getting ideas out on the page. Making sure these ideas read well come much later in the process. Today I’ll share one of...

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Top 5 Recently Released Science Books for Writers

Do you ever catch yourself wondering what would happen if someone tethered to a space station started spewing led from a Gatling gun? Would he fart around the station like a balloon let loose? Or would the added mass, and therefore momentum, transferred from the gun...

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Tricks Great Game Masters Know but Writers Don’t

Have you ever heard about pen-and-paper roleplaying games? We’re talking Warhammer, Dungeons and Dragons, Cyberpunk, 7th Sea, and the like. A group of people sitting at a table and telling a story together. The game master (GM) serves as the narrator, the players play...

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