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Wolf Body Language
Affection – nose-pushing; touching with forepaw; jaw-wrestling; cheek rubbing; facial licking Afraid – wolf tries to make their body smaller; ears flat on the head; tail tucked between the legs; arched back; whines or makes short, sharp barks; runs away with its tail between its legs Angry – ears er...
Writing the LGBT Community
Writing the LGBT community can be hard, especially if you don’t know what you’re talking about. So to start off this post, here’s just a few things that are easily confused both with writers and with society in general. Being gay is not a personality trait. This basically means no stereotyping. Don&...
Writing Character Voice
It’s not always what you say… But also how you say it that defines how a character sounds. Like all things in writing, understanding and executing character voice involves a lot of mistakes and a lot practice. Out of all of the skills you can have as an author, it’s one of the most difficult to do ...
Sounds of Nature (Elements and Seasons)
Water Dripping water Trickling water River water Brook Rapids Waterfall Ocean waves Storm waves Tsunami Drizzle Mild rain Deluge Thunderstorm Being underwater Being underwater in rapids Being underwater in the ocean Air Breeze through the trees Gale Tornado Gust Dust Storm Earth Walking through leav...
Some Things I'd Like to See (Part II)
(character version to go along with plot version I did earlier) More POCs. Yes, very obvious, you say, but I don’t mean just POC protagonists or POC supporting characters, but also environments, cultures, or even worlds that are predominantly POC. More LGBT*QIA. With an emphasis on B, T*, I, a...
Fighting Words
Attack Advance, assail, assault, beset, charge, drive, foray, hurtle, launch, lunge, maul, press forward, push, rush, storm, surge Break Blast, breach, carve, cleave, cleft, crack, cripple, crunch, demolish, destroy, disable, disfigure, disintegrate, divide, fragment, impair, mangle, mar, perfora...
Description: The Basics
Sensory Details Descriptions are a way to suck your reader into your world. You tell them what’s going on in the world and you do it so well you make it real. In order to make it real, you need to make it feel real. You need to make your reader feel exactly what it is like in that scene. To do that,...
Xtreme Culture Questionnaire
For anyone doing some hardcore world-building. Religion What - if any - deities are there? What do they do? Is there an important manuscript? How did the world begin? What - if anything - happens after death? What - if anything - will end the world? Are there holidays? How do people worship? Where...
Let's Talk Sub-Plots and Character Arcs: Time to Work on Character
Now, if you’ve read my post “How to Plot A Complex Novel in One Day,” here’s your next step. It’s character day! Now let’s think about those characters you came up with. You know a little bit about them, but now let’s look deeper, get them more rounded out s...
10 Things I Hate in Fiction
The “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” BS Despite Equalizing Factors or Different Society, We Shall Still be Misogynistic!! Ha Ha Ha!! The Book Ends with Falling in Love War End = Book End The Evil INTJ Religion? What’s That? Technology and Science are HTE EVULZ Dark = Deep I’m A...
Guide to Writing and Publishing a Book
Have you always wanted to publish a book, but don’t know how? That okay! I created a step-by-step guide that can help you put your story down on paper and get it out in the world. On my blog, I now have a Starter Kit for writing your first novel. I’ll take you through the following steps...