Recently, I began reading Writing with Emotion, Tension, & Conflict by Cheryl St. John. It’s part reference and part textbook for learning the techniques needed to craft an expressive and compelling novel. Her first chapter launches with the concept of conflict. What exactly is conflict? You know it when you see it. I like to … More Conflict & Characters
I don’t do any plotting when I write micro fiction. I just start with an idea, usually a place, a person, or a thing, and just run with it, letting my imagination pull me in whatever direction it wants. Try it! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing micro fiction once I started. … More Friday Flash Fiction with K.D. Jones
Soon, I’ll be drafting my first historical paranormal. It’s the story of a witch who has transcended time. Her contribution to the world? Bringing supernaturals to America. Not a straightforward story, especially when the main character existed before history’s dark ages. I found an unexpected resource in a History channel program—Ancient Aliens. The episode I … More Documentaries as Research
Welcome to another Writer’s Digest! Once a month, we ask our tribe at WWF questions about craft and bring their answers to you. Before we dive into this week’s topic, keep our words with a grain of salt. What works for one writer may not work for the next. Our hope is that you’re able to learn … More Writer’s Digest – Ask Our Authors
Miss Chapter 2? We’re excited to bring another installment of Sara C. Roethle’s exclusive online-only serial, The Demon Code. While Sara is posting new chapters on her blog as well, we will be sharing every other Friday with you. Miss chapter two? Click on this link for access to the second installment 🙂 Happy Reading … More Minor Magics Serial with Sara C. Roethle!
In the last post, I mentioned finding inspiration through documentaries. Today, I’ll show you how to create an actual story with that spark. Show: Two-hour Ancient Aliens Special on Artificial Intelligence Idea: Artificial Intelligence Gone Bad Wait! Hasn’t That Been Done Before? We all know that there aren’t any truly original thoughts in fiction. Right? … More SF Benson: Using Ideas from Television
Miss Chapter 1? Welcome to our repost of Sara C. Roethle’s exclusive online-only serial, The Demon Code. While Sara is posting new chapters on her blog as well, we will be sharing every other Friday with you. Miss chapter one? Click on this link for access to the first installment, plus a special word from the … More Minor Magics Serial with Sara C. Roethle!
I’m a huge fan of the History Channel. In my opinion, it should be required viewing for anyone who enjoys learning about global history. But did you know it could act as fodder for fiction? How Did I Make This Discovery? One night I sat down to watch television, but all of my favorite shows … More SF Benson: Finding Inspiration
What is flash fiction? It’s an itty bitty story, generally under 1,000 words or 3 printed pages. I believe all forms of writing strengthen you as a writer. Flash fiction, especially, makes you par down your words and forces you to get to the core of your story. But just because flash fiction is itty … More Friday Flash Fiction with K.D. Jones
While some of you have already been following the works of author Sara C. Roethle, others have been long-time fans. For those who have read Sara’s Xoe Meyers series, you’re in for an extra treat. Last year we shared several chapters from Sara’s exclusively online serial, Minor Magics: The Demon Code. Since it’s been a few months … More Minor Magics Serial with Sara C. Roethle!