Cashore Appreciation, pt 3: Bitterblue (+News & Mini Book Review)

Fire had been my favorite for a very long time, but at some point, that favoritism shifted to Kristin Cashore’s final book in her series, Bitterblue. I loved this book for many of the same reasons that I loved the first two: it provoked down-to-earth thoughts regarding things we probably wouldn’t think about. The progression … More Cashore Appreciation, pt 3: Bitterblue (+News & Mini Book Review)

Cashore Appreciation, Pt. 1: Fire (+Mini Book Reviews)

I finished Jane, Unlimited, and while I’ll save the review for later on in my post, I thought I’d celebrate Cashore’s newest release with a post I’ve been meaning to do for some time now. Kristin Cashore is perhaps my favorite author, for a multitude of reasons: she’s got an amazing writing style, she can … More Cashore Appreciation, Pt. 1: Fire (+Mini Book Reviews)

Why Realism Matters in Novels (+A Lot of Mini Book Reviews)

I’ve talked before about working to make a novel seem more realistic. In fact, I’ve written whole posts about them, in regards to character, world-building, plot. But perhaps before one can write a really good “realistic” novel, one has to understand why it’s so important to make it realistic in the first place. And before … More Why Realism Matters in Novels (+A Lot of Mini Book Reviews)

The Mystic Draw of Dragons (+ Mini Book Reviews)

Dragons have long been a source of wonder and intrigue. Tolkien might have created the fantasy genre with his The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series, but he, like the rest of us, pulled from pre-existing source material. I recently read Saga of the Volsungs for a class, and found that Tolkien’s most memorable … More The Mystic Draw of Dragons (+ Mini Book Reviews)

Concepts: Creating 3D Characters (+Mini Book Reviews)

Seltzy stood in the center of a very elaborate, very beautiful workshop. Bolted to the walls were hundreds of shelves with filled with jars of random powders. One dark-brown one was labeled “pragmatic.” Another one, two shelves down and three across, was the bubblegum-pink “energetic.” And there, by the door, was a shelf with a … More Concepts: Creating 3D Characters (+Mini Book Reviews)

The Three Pitfalls of Romance Subplots (+ Mini Book Review)

Alright, guys. After bashing romances for so long, it’s time to officially explain what about them makes me roll my eyes in disgust. First off, Romance as a genre is one I heartily stay away from. It seems to be a very limited genre, because I can only imagine so many ways to write a … More The Three Pitfalls of Romance Subplots (+ Mini Book Review)

A Way to Plot if Plotting Isn’t Your Thing

As I said in mid-April’s post, I’ve come to the conclusion that authors have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to different aspects of writing novels. My personal favorite is world-building; my “story ideas” aren’t really story ideas but rather world ideas. Characters, I feel like I can handle pretty well. But plotting? Let me … More A Way to Plot if Plotting Isn’t Your Thing