Tag Archives: #WorldOfOntyre

When Worldbuilding Spawns Gifts

This is another story about worldbuilding spawning an element I didn’t realize existed until years later. Like—oh, I don’t know—about twenty years later? It’s another reason I’m grateful for my own worldbuilding. I’m referring to mysquanmic volcanism. It came about … Continue reading

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Refreshing Prose When Editing

I’m currently performing a self-edit of Protecting the Pneuma Key, but an edit with a difference. To say I was nervous, that I worried my new approach would accomplish little, was an understatement. The good news is, it’s going better … Continue reading

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My Map Problem

Yes, my map problem, not to be confused with math problems. If it was that I wouldn’t be calm. Honestly, most writers wouldn’t consider my map problem a problem at all when they forego maps in the first place. Though … Continue reading

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Editor Brain Breakthrough

Many memorable moments make up my writing journey. One of the most important occurred Tuesday morning before drafting this blog (good gosh, what is it about Tuesdays?). I’ve always appreciated the magic editing adds to an existing story, but detailed … Continue reading

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The Novel Scan

I share my flexible processes to give others a glimpse into other approaches. They can then steal what might work for them or ignore what I do. Who knows, what I do might spark inspiration on their part. Adopting pieces … Continue reading

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Anxiety Management Through a Cancer Scare

For someone who suffers from anxiety and can’t take medications for it, this last week was a long week, an extraordinary test of the coping strategies I’ve been employing since 2020. My cancer scare was thankfully no more than that, … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons This Fiction Writer Pens Poetry

For me, poetry is an integral part of my life and my fiction writing life. It began, like for many, when I was a teen. I think I was about fifteen, so about the same time I started writing fiction, … Continue reading

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My First Ever Mood Board

It’s astounding, really, that I’ve never created a mood board before, what with all the novels I’ve drafted. I’ve collected pictures, and I love having pictures for inspiration, but an actual mood board has never happened. Well, it’s happened now … Continue reading

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Layering Threats

When it comes to conflict, obstacles, and tension, I like to sometimes examine my stories from the point-of-view of my protagonist. Thus, I’m using the term threats here. When I refer to layers, I’m talking about an array of issues, … Continue reading

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Sketching a Functional City Map for Orientation and Reference

The city map. I can’t believe I’ve never focused on this topic before because the city map, or any one for a small area, is probably the most useful. World maps are glorious and epic, but for the writer, theres’ … Continue reading

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