Tears, Tassels, and Terminal Degrees

I chose to pursue the MFA to extend my academic career and study writing, an act I had always loved and enjoyed for as long as I can remember. I could insert the obligatory "You don't need an MFA to be a writer" here, but I' imagine pursuants of the terminal degree have already read… Continue reading Tears, Tassels, and Terminal Degrees

Adventures in World-building: Devising Magic Systems

A complex fantasy world isn't built in one day or seven days. In fact, fantasy writers may find that their secondary-world isn’t complete until after their story comes to an end. This is a daunting concept to consider, particularly for writing-perfectionists with a tendency towards completeness. Even more daunting is the process of creating a… Continue reading Adventures in World-building: Devising Magic Systems

Discuss: Your Brain on Fiction

In an effort to justify the benefits of reading fiction to the average non-reader, I came across a video short explaining the effects of fiction on the brain. The video titled "How Fiction Makes Our Brains Better" is produced by DNews and gives viewers a unique perspective on the process of reading. Watch the video… Continue reading Discuss: Your Brain on Fiction

No Right Way to Write Dialogue Tags

My natural inclination to write dialogue is as follows: "Your style is generic and boring," said Lisa." Notice I wrote said Lisa, rather than Lisa said. I can't place when I started using this particular syntax, or why I started using it. How do any of us decide on style and syntax, when the books we read are… Continue reading No Right Way to Write Dialogue Tags

Adventures in World-Building: Fantasy Religions

Religion is a staple in any fantasy world. And although our society is filled with worshipers of various faiths, creating a new religion for a novel, short story, or even table-top game is bound to be challenging. Here are a few elements to consider: Pantheon or Solo God? Your characters may worship a single god,… Continue reading Adventures in World-Building: Fantasy Religions