Monthly Archives: April 2014

Managing Complexity in Worldbuilding: Species

[This is the next portion of this series on managing the complexity of different world elements.] Species This indicates the number, variety, and quality of the “species” in your story. One presumes a baseline of humans and Earth-found animals/plants. If … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: A Basic Outline

This is where an idea finally becomes a story. Even if you’re looking to be more spontaneous in your writing (which is one way to avoid some doubts, as well as increase your interest to see what happens), it helps … Continue reading

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Bad Poetry Friday: True Love

This is my only published work. The summer before sixth grade, this poem was published in a magazine for children’s writing. I thought it would be smooth sailing to stardom from there. In reality, I probably peaked right at that … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: Trust vs. Development

As your story begins to take shape in your mind, as you finally ready yourself to take the leap into action, the next major question is how much development you need to do before you start writing.

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Managing Complexity in Worldbuilding: Magic

Worldbuilding is a complex part of storytelling, at least for those looking to write fantasy and science fiction. And the complexity of that world, namely how much it differs from our current world, can be a great blessing for your … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: The Leap

A small step in the process I skipped earlier is important to mention. As you’re asking questions and considering options, your creativity may start running ahead and leading you along, and all you have to do is go after it. … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: Defining and Refining

In the last post in this series about developing ideas, I talked about getting the vague shape of the story in mind. It’s like a blurry picture of a story that you have to squint to see clearly. Sometimes it … Continue reading

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The Romance Question

[I wrote this a while ago, and I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to post it. The post itself perfectly explains why I’ve been uncertain about sharing it, but ultimately it speaks a lot of my … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: Shaping the Idea

[Disclaimer: This is round one of a series I intended to be “From Idea to Draft”… until I didn’t get to the draft. So it’s just about working to develop ideas–but if you notice some random allusion to the series … Continue reading

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Bad Poetry Friday: The Justice of the Night

It’s Bad Poetry Friday again! …I’m sorry. This is a high school creative writing class effort at, I think, iambic pentameter. It’s very uneven, because, well, high school, and because, well, me. But it’s kind of fun to look back. … Continue reading

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