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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

Writing Wide Description: The Art of Zooming In

The golden ratio (see our introductory post: Writing with the Golden Ratio) is a geometric ratio that creates a positive reaction from people, especially in art and music. While this mathematic guide can be created artificially in a computer program, and occurs naturally in plants and animals, its application in storytelling operates with more subtlety. Numbers play less of a role as the impression of the ratio. This sounds awfully vague, so we’ll work on description to demonstrate. You’ll notice we

Musical Forms in Narrative Writing

Jump-start your writing with a study of creative forms in music. While music is a whole separate art medium, many forms can inspire written imitation and useful lessons for innovative works. Structure The form of a story should suit the content; it does not exist independent of the material. That said, sometimes playing with the internal patterns means opening up to more possibilities. Consider the symphony as an example. Generally speaking, a symphony has four parts (movements) of varying speeds (tempos)

Writing Multiple Characters: Who’s Most Important?

Characters are the lifeblood of narrative. Some stories demand a large character count, but managing these many viewpoints can get not only messy for the writer but confusing for the reader. Incorporating multiple points of view in the same narrative, a frequent device used in third-person omniscient perspective, invokes some interesting questions. First off, who are the important characters? Who should the reader be listening to at any given time? Who should the reader get close to, and who’s driving

Facts and Narrative in NonFiction

History, when not a literal stack of source material (official documents, registers, receipts, census records, etc.) is a narrative produced with a specific audience in mind. The emotion of the writer has far less to do with the spin put on the facts than does the desired effect on the audience. That narrative can spin facts is not the problem. It’s a fabulous tool that, like a spotlight, can direct attention on both well-known material and on new scenes previously

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