For anyone who loves fantasy, Dungeons & Dragons is typically somewhere in their history. While I haven't partaken in some time, I spent a lot of time as a youth tempting Satan & playing the game with friends. For writers of fantasy & sci-fi, D&D offers up great background material & opportunities for universe building. Angela … Continue reading Writer’s Digest: Rolling the Dice-How Playing D&D Made Me a Better Storyteller
Chuck Wendig & his Terrible Minds site are a mine of incredible & hilarious tips on becoming a great writer. In addition to being a steward of the craft, Wendig is an awesome writer who has written awesome things, both fiction & writing guides for people like me who have words clawing to get out … Continue reading Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds: Writer Resolution, 2020: Write With A Knife To Your Back, The Cliff’s Edge At Your Feet
I'm a big fan of Writer's Digest. Been a subscriber for years, have entered their contests, and have paid to participate in classes & workshops they provide. In addition to tips, interviews, and the like, they're stewards of the craft, meaning they feel it necessary to leave the state of writing better than they found … Continue reading Should Writers Use Social Media?
If you spend any time here on my blog at all, you'll see Chuck Wendig's influence. Whether it's reviewing one of his books, writing flash fiction based off his challenges at Terrible Minds, or whether it's passing along his knowledge & tips on literary stewardship, Wendig is up there with Stephen King & Neil Gaiman … Continue reading Chuck Wendig: On Writing What You Want, Without Permission
Known mostly by mainstream audiences for Frankenstein (or The Modern Prometheus) & being the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelly, Mary Shelley was an incredible writer (Frankenstein, duh) whose gothic influence is still seen in current works. She was a badass in an era that didn't appreciate badassery in its women & she kept on being … Continue reading 12 Mary Shelley Quotes for Writers
Chuck Wendig indirectly led to my wanting to move from a career in journalism to one in fiction writing, thanks to StumbleUpon & a little piece of weird on his website. Earlier this morning, I read an article on Medium from Heather Demetrios which should be mandatory reading for any & all writers wanting to … Continue reading Chuck Wendig: How To Be A Professional Author & Not Die Starving & Screaming In A Lightless Abyss
A number of years ago, I attended a book reading/signing hosted by Z. Brewer. As he shared stories of a youth spent bullied for being different (Z was born Heather and would announce a year or so after this he is trans), he said something that really resonated with me. "Own your weird." Both as … Continue reading Why Writers Should Embrace Their Weird Side