My apologies for the long silence. Am I still writing? Yep. Just not blog posts—for the moment. Here’s why: Just about a month ago, I finished writing the first draft of my fantasy novel! It clocked in at 122,000 words, which is a little longer than Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, to give you a reference. Since then, I’ve begun the somewhat-arduous process of editing. … Continue reading Writing News
It’s been a while since I’ve posted any of my creative writing (unless you count Hermione Granger’s History of Magic essay), so here’s a short story for you. This is in honor of the new kitten my husband and I are getting in a few weeks—and hopefully not a foreshadow. My Cat, the Vampire Slayer When I was born, the Fates decided to make my … Continue reading My Cat, the Vampire Slayer
Hermione Granger’s History of Magic essay on recordings of the Basilisk in ancient history. Continue reading Hermione’s Homework: The Basilisk
I’m starting to blog on a new platform: Medium.com! This came about because I recently sat down with the new marketing director at my magazine company, and he gave me some pointers for my own personal brand. One of them was to split my blog time between my own website (here) and Medium, which provides access to ready-made readers. So I’ll still continue to post … Continue reading Spreading the Platform: Medium.com
I both read and write fantasy fiction, and one of the aspects I love the most about the genre is the world-building. The author gets to create his or her own world—come up with everything from biology and astronomy to scientific laws and the government system. There are a few different ways to introduce a new world to the reader, and the method often determines … Continue reading World Building: How to Bring a Reader Down the Rabbit Hole
I make a living writing and editing words—so naturally, I care about grammar. Why does it matter? You want your writing to look professional, whether you’re turning in an academic paper, a resume, a legal report or an email to your boss. Grammar mistakes reflect poorly on you. So here are five common mistakes that make me grimace, and how you can correct them. 1. I … Continue reading 5 Grammar Mistakes You Should Never Make Again
When we talk about a good story—whether book, movie or TV show—one of the quality criteria we often put forward is character development. What we mean by this is that the characters should grow to become better people over the course of the story arc. This makes sense. We want our heroes to learn something, to become stronger and braver and wiser. But that doesn’t … Continue reading Is Character Development Necessary?