Documentaries as Research

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

SF Benson: Using Ideas from Television

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

Writing Hacks: Finding more time to write when you have a day job

So I suppose this isn’t so much a “how to improve your craft” post as it is a “how to improve your productivity/find more time to write” post. We’re all busy people. Most of us are adults with family, school, and work obligations outside of writing. For some of you, writing might be your full … More Writing Hacks: Finding more time to write when you have a day job

Writing Hacks: Creating Three-Dimensional Villains

I love stories that showcase the antagonist’s point of view. It gives readers an opportunity to know where they are coming from. Granted, some antagonists are truly twisted people and getting a glimpse into their minds can be disturbing. But, say, in the case of a lot of thrillers or horror stories, this “chill down … More Writing Hacks: Creating Three-Dimensional Villains