Exercise: Create a Zodiac

People have spent millennia trying to understand what causes different personality traits. Everything from the timing of a birth, the number of letters in a name, birth order and blood type have been used. Whether or not you believe any of these, they can still be a lot of fun and a good way to… Continue reading Exercise: Create a Zodiac


Exercise: Twisted Tales

Flash fiction is a short form story, usually of under a thousand words. It can be difficult to completely tell a story in such a small space, but it can also create an intense and riveting story. Some exercises to try: In 500 words or less, tell the story of Sleeping Beauty's worst nightmare and… Continue reading Exercise: Twisted Tales


Exercise: When I Grow Up

Every little kid has dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. Your characters are no different.   As an exercise: Make a list of your characters and write down what they wanted to be when they were small. Also write down what they actually become and how that compares to their childhood… Continue reading Exercise: When I Grow Up

General, worldbuilding

Creating Fictional Professions

Regardless of how much or how little worldbuilding you do, at some point it will impact your characters. One of the ways this can happen is in their professions. Any job seeker can tell you that there are a number of skills they’ve picked up throughout their career. Those skills can come in handy when… Continue reading Creating Fictional Professions


Writer’s Reference Guide: Albatross

The albatross is a well-known figure in literature thanks to Coelridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. How much do you actually know about these seabirds? Check out some quick facts about the birds that can fly for days and live for sixty years or more! Name. Albatross is used to refer to any large sea… Continue reading Writer’s Reference Guide: Albatross