an image of a world with a saw on the left and a hammer on the right to depict worldbuilding
worldbuilding

Worldbuilding: Weather and Seasons

Anyone who’s lived in Arizona for a couple of years can tell you that there’s minimal seasonal change. Although spring tends to be windier than most of the other seasons, it’s a dry climate and the majority of plants that grow natively in the desert are meant to survive in that dryness. It’s no surprise… Continue reading Worldbuilding: Weather and Seasons

Exercises, General

Plotting Exercises

Of all three major story elements, plot can arguably be the trickiest to master. In simplified terms, plot is the progression of events in a story. That doesn’t mean chronological order however—alongside linear plots there are parallels, flashbacks, episodic, circular and so many more plots. Mastering plot however, doesn’t need to be difficult. There are… Continue reading Plotting Exercises

Exercises

Exercise: The Rule of Threes

We’ve all heard the rule of threes. That is, bad things come in three. Accident, illness and even death show up in our lives and thanks to bias, people tend to notice when they occur in sets of three. So should your characters. As an exercise: Take some of the minor or side characters from… Continue reading Exercise: The Rule of Threes

General, writing

Creating Titles

This post is an update to one published March 8, 2018. Titles and first lines are two of the hardest things to come up with in writing. Titles can be the easiest things to come up with, and other times a good title evades us for months on end. There’s a good reason for that… Continue reading Creating Titles