I plan to do a whole series on this topic. Today is just an overview. We'll get into cooler topics like culture or conlangs later. I'm not copying the Writing Excuses podcast. I drafted this first post far before I knew they were devoting this year to the topic. It's something I care deeply about,… Continue reading How to Start Worldbuilding for Writers
Amazon has a lot of money. I wish this was a paid advertisement for their newest series: The Romanoffs. But it's not. This is an honest review. First off, it's really good on every level. The acting, the originality of the writing, the filming, their thematic choices, the pacing, and the choice of a constant stream… Continue reading The Romanoffs is Awesome
There haven't been a lot of movies I've seen in the past year or so that I thought were great. Last month I saw Mother!, and it was awesome. Now, I'm not going to spoil the more disturbing things in this movie, so I don't think I need a "trigger warning" for this post. In… Continue reading Mother! is Awesome
A series in which I oversimplify one concept from a work of literature to make you a better writer. When I came up with the idea to do a romance for this series, I was tempted to pick a modern romance novel, but thousands come out each year. Even looking at some "best of" lists,… Continue reading Why It Works: You’ve Got Mail
A series in which I oversimplify one concept from a work of literature to make you a better writer. Time travel sucks as a genre. It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine. Yes, the whole genre. Everyone knows about the grandfather paradox: if you travel back in time and kill your grandfather before… Continue reading Why It Works: Primer
A series in which I oversimplify one concept from a work of literature to make you a better writer. Corruption. The ring corrupts everyone. Quite early on, we learn that Frodo, our hero, is not immune to the corrupting effects. This becomes one of the greatest sources of tension. Will Frodo be able to destroy the… Continue reading Why It Works: The Lord of the Rings
I've come to a crossroads recently. I write a blog post every week. It takes time. The last one was close to 2,000 words and required reading a book. For the past three years I've been writing full time, and so blogging can be a burden that cuts into this with no monetary rewards. This… Continue reading Become a Patron!