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On the Road to Publishing My First Novel

I’m going to be honest here. I’m working towards getting my novel ready for self publishing, and want people to feel that they’re helping make this thing a reality.

So I set up an email listing so people can get cool stuff while also helping make this book happen! Sign up for the email list here!!! (and make sure to check the Department for Mutated Persons box) Continue reading “Sign Up and Help an Indie Author”

Critiquing Your Work – part 2

Yesterday, I shared a great resource about how to critique your writing from Writers Helping Writers. Today, I thought I might offer another critique cheat sheet, this time from C.S. Lakin. Here is the first block of critique questions offered by Ms. Lakin. Conflict Does your story begin with some sort of conflict—either internal or external? Does the beginning set up the bigger “conflict” of … Continue reading Critiquing Your Work – part 2

Critiquing Your Work

One part of the revision process is critiquing your work. Whether it’s constant throughout the process or at various phases during your writing, critique is crucial to making a quality finished work. But what questions should we ask? How do we critique our book in a holistic, systematic way that makes for a great product and keeps us sane? Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi from … Continue reading Critiquing Your Work

5 Reasons Your Revision Isn’t Working

I’ve been trying my damndest to revise my first novel, The Department for Mutated Persons, so I’ve been trying to glean any and all information on how to revise the right way. I have a lot of links – a bag full of info really – and it’s hard to sift through it without sharing it with y’all as well. So enjoy this post.

Original article via Writers in the Storm blog.

By Janice Hardy

Revisions are a part of writing, and as much as we wish they’d go smoothly, they don’t always work out like we planned. Some manuscripts fight us and nothing we do makes them any better. When we run into such a troublesome beast, it helps to step back and figure out the problem before we make a mess of our stories.

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Wormholes Explained (Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell)

Writing a science fiction book? Want to play with space travel, time travel, or whatever? Or maybe you just want to understand wormholes? Check out this enlightening YouTube video from Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, an awesome channel with a lot of interesting theoretical and scientific explainer videos. It also has an awesomely 80’s soundtrack and visual aesthetic for this piece. Continue reading Wormholes Explained (Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell)

Myth building and Superstitions

Superstitions. Myths. Urban Legends. Life is full of them. How did they come to be? Check out this Ted-Ed video from Stuart Vyse about where superstitions come from. As fiction writers how do we use these ideas to build credible superstitions, myths, etc into our narratives, especially since it is so ingrained in our cultures and would thus probably be a part of whatever fictional … Continue reading Myth building and Superstitions