Greetings, Storytellers. Diana here to talk about whether we should edit our published books, and if so, when. This post also applies to those writers who never publish because they never finish editing. If that's you, read on! Like just about anything we do (paint, cook, dance, carpentry, write) we get better with practice. We … Continue reading Should you edit your published book?
The first Monday in September is Labor Day in the US, a day to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of those people in our past who strove to make our country and the world a safer and more just place to work. We also honor those who continue to show up every day … Continue reading A Labor of Love
Greetings, Storytellers! Diana here today. I hope you're all writing up a storm. I’ve wanted to write about first chapters for a while, primarily because they’re so important. After all, they’re the gateway to Chapter 2, and getting a reader to Chapter 2 is a fantastic idea. Before I get into the elements of a … Continue reading Writing Chapter One – Tips
all images from Pixabay Greetings Storytellers. Diana here today to talk a little about magic as part of the craft of writing. And I'm not just talking about fantasy. Writers of speculative fiction—whether fantasy, paranormal, horror, superhero, science fiction, or religious fiction—are dealing with supernatural or hyper-scientific systems that stretch our reality and knowledge of … Continue reading Creating Magic Systems
Hello Storytellers. Diana here with playwright and author Anton Chekhov to explore the principle of Chekhov's Gun. I'd love to hear your thoughts at the end. Let's get started... Pixabay images unless otherwise noted. Imagine you’re watching a movie. The good guy and the bad guy are just about to face off in the tool … Continue reading Chekhov’s Gun