Worldbuilding for Fantasy

I’m writing a fantasy series. This past week I’ve suspended my writing in favor of planning, plotting, and worldbuilding. Some of this I achieved alone in the solitude of my office. But the best ideas come when I am working with another–especially my daughter. We discussed power and the needs of the citizens of my…

Help! Past or Present?

Help needed. Writer seeking input for WIP I’ve got my idea. I have characters. There’s a basic plot and a little over 23,000 words. There’d be more words if I didn’t have to keep going back to fix the tense of my verbs. It was never a problem before. I’ve always written in third person…

Hope for a Dove – a short story

Hope for a Dove Two come for the seventh – raven and dove. One to be trained, the other to love. Beware the beak where brightness dulls. Mourn the heart as it falls. When perched above, sacrifice made, watch the trees for a Warrior babe. – Great Battle Prophecy April 1900, Glasgow, Scotland Catriona wiped…

Trust the Reader

One of the hardest things I’ve learned recently as I’ve worked on editing my latest work in progress (WIP) is that I need to trust my reader. Instead of telling readers what to think or feel, and detailed feelings of the characters, I need to let readers filter the character’s words, actions, and experiences through…