Rock The Vault: Celebrating The Urban And Rural Setting Thesaurus Duo

Becca and Angela, authors of the Emotion Thesaurus, and Positive and Negative Trait Thesauri are back with their new duo the Settings Thesauri. As we storytellers sit before the keyboard to craft our magic, we’re usually laser-focused on the two titans of fiction: plot and character. There’s a third element that impacts almost every aspect…

The Write Space

Stephen King wrote his first two books squeezed up beside a washing machine, in a trailer, balancing a child’s desk and a typewriter on his lap. Octavia Butler began writing in a big pink notebook, and Neil Gaiman has a swoon-worthy gazebo. Ernest Hemmingway converted an old carriage house and J.M. Barry completed Peter Pan on…

Top 20 books for writers

Another gem to share from my Women Writers, Women’s books group on Facebook. Someone asked for book recommendations for budding authors, the responses piled in, as you would expect, but one awesome member compiled the responses into an easy reference list (thanks Wendy): The top 20 books for would-be authors (you can find them all…

The power of words

As writers, we make a career out of words. We understand that a combination of certain words can transport our readers from their lounge room to a habitat on Mars. The right words can make us feel the emotions our characters are feeling. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve escaped into a novel…

An Image is Worth . . . A LOT – The Fictorians

Ever wondered if it was ok to use an image you found on Google for your blog? I like to use images for writing prompts and I’ve posted a few here in the past as image prompts, I’m now wondering how ethical that was. Give this article a read and judge for yourself. Source: An…

NaNoWriMo trials and tribulations

I’m struggling, I’m not afraid to admit it. I was supposed to spend Sunday family & responsibility free to write, write, write… and I failed. I couldn’t brain a single line of text to contribute towards my story. Monday, also a fail. I wrote less then a thousand words yesterday, and none of it towards…

Image Prompt – Weathered

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Image Prompt – Down the rabbit hole

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What’s a chapter? What’s a scene?

What’s a scene? The simplest scene takes place in one location, one setting, at one point in time and all of this is from one characters point of view (POV). A more complicated scene might take place in multiple settings over multiple periods in time and even more then one POV, but that’s seriously complicating…

NaNoWriMo starts today

I may have mentioned, just a few times recently, that I’m participating in Novembers National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’m pledging to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month along with hundreds, or thousands of others around the world. This past month I’ve spent planning the plot for my novel. That’s right, I’m…

Prompt 22

And a leading line from a classic sci-fi novel from one of the greats: Groc me in fullness (bonus points if you can tell me the name of the book and the author)

Prompt 21

Discombobulate