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Worldbuilding for Realistic Fiction

I am proud to admit I write in many genres. I’ve been known to write light-hearted fantasy, speculative/science fiction, lite horror, a little supernatural, period realistic fiction, and contemporary fiction. People seem surprised when I say I use worldbuilding techniques on ALL of these genres. The last two are the ones that get raised eyebrows. Yes, I worldbuild for realistic fiction. No, it is not “doing research” exclusively. Every fictional world operates on core structures, and these are psychological constructs

Object Lessons: Learning from Literary Short Fiction

I’ve recently picked up Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story and the first few stories got me thinking. This isn’t just any anthology. It’s geared toward writing instruction, marketed to aspiring writers looking to get a master class from some successful names in the literary genre. It has this high purpose, but it’s certainly not without its prejudices. Take a look at its description from the book’s Amazon listing: What does it take to

Podcast Alert! Writing Excuses

This is a busy time of year! As you know, I’m an advocate of writers having day jobs if the situation fits for them, and I follow that path myself. At this point, it’s not a choice so much as a necessity. Everyone progresses at different rates. That said, it’s the busiest time of the year in my office and the writing work has been piling up. In place of an article, this week I’d like to recommend an excellent podcast episode

The Five Pillars of Healthy Writing

Writing has incredible benefits, but like any activity your individual involvement depends on your interest. Some writers are happy with the hobby, writing for their own fulfillment with a pleasant dream of being published someday. Others have a goal they’re working toward, and some writers want to make a living at writing what they love. If writing is more than a hobby, here are a few strong pillars of behavior that will enrich your involvement and set the stage for

Self-Study Techniques: Supplemental Materials

Formal education has advantages for those who thrive in structured learning. With a large push toward cooperative learning and promoting teamwork in curriculum, some learning styles can be neglected. The art of self-teaching was once the popular method, and there are as many advantages to this method as there are for cooperative learning. Just because it’s out of fashion doesn’t mean it’s ineffective. We’ve discussed self-education sources in a previous post, but we’d like to focus more on using a

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