Storycrafting

  • Why You Need A Story Bible For Your Novel

    Are you ever working on your latest writing project, and partway through the draft you can’t remember whether you gave that character blonde hair? Or what date something happened? Or what name you made up for a certain city the characters eventually have to get to? We’ve all been there! It’s easy to lose track…

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  • Palaces from Paragraphs: Lessons from the YA Worldbuilding Panel at YALLFest 2018

    Palaces from Paragraphs: Worldbuilding Advice from YALLFest

    Where do you start when creating a world for your sci-fi or fantasy novel? Worldbuilding is an essential component of speculative fiction, but it can seem daunting. Earlier this month, I attended YALLFest 2018 in Charleston, SC (read all about it). One of the panels, titled “Palaces from Paragraphs,” featured prominent YA authors discussing worldbuilding.…

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  • Punctuating Dialogue in Fiction | Person holding book and tea cup

    How to Punctuate Dialogue in Fiction

    I get a lot of questions about punctuating dialogue, and it’s something I’ve noticed writers struggling with lately. Punctuating dialogue can be tricky–when do you use a comma versus a period, and when do you capitalize things? What about question marks? In this post, I’ve highlighted the main questions I receive about punctuation and dialogue,…

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