We’re here to talk about worldbuilding, and my journey from endless notes and maps and planning to something concrete and tangible and publishable. To that end, here is a brief tour of Arameth, to show you what emerged from this world and how it all came together.
They have book or character analogies for every possible situation in life. They can calm you when you're freaking out because "you're just in the stressful part of the story, it always gets better... unless you're the one getting killed off." They don't ask for much... just a book... and quiet... and alone time... and... Continue Reading →
Hi, everyone! I have exciting news... I was invited to be a Guest Blogger for Jenelle Schmidt's "February is Fantasy Month" event this year! My post, Discovering Arameth: What I Learned from Building My First Fantasy World, went live today!
I have a new fiction-writing handbook coming out next weekend (August 17th)! The e-book is already up for pre-order... I'm running a special pre-order price of $2.99 this week. It will be going up to $4.99 at release. You can pre-order it here: https://www.amazon.com/Slap-Him-Fish-Crash-Course-Fiction-ebook/dp/B07VVM8TZ6 There' s a paperback version in the works as well, which... Continue Reading →
Hi, everyone, and welcome to today's discussion of the craft of fiction, this time with a Thanksgiving spin: Plantsing: How Loose Outlines Save My Turkey... and My Books! So, if you've followed any of my series on Plotting, you know that I... well... like plotting. But here's my secret: I didn't use to plot my... Continue Reading →
I'm gathering inspirational writing quotes and compiling them into collections. Here's a slideshow of collection #1! (Note: You can view these quotes in video form on my Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ccrawfordwriting/videos/2121850881192403/) Drop me a comment below and let me know which quote inspires you most! Which quote is your favorite?
Occasionally I ask readers what blog post topics they'd most like to see. Being that some of my readers are also writers, I receive a variety of requests on different writing topics... but lately one I've seen repeatedly is this: What about "Show, Don't Tell"? How do I do it? What are the rules? I've heard it... Continue Reading →
One thing I often receive comments on is how I've managed to build an online community around my writing. To be honest, part of my success at doing that is because I just simply LOVE interacting with readers and other writers, and so it happened somewhat organically as I began to put my work out... Continue Reading →
Let's face it... All writers eventually hit a point where writing just isn't fun anymore. Even if it only lasts a few minutes (lucky you!), every writer has had a moment (or two? three? fifteen-hundred?) where they just simply didn't want to write. That moment when writing sucks and we wonder why we ever decided to do... Continue Reading →