Outlining?!

With NaNoWriMo closing in I have found myself looking into a new method for outlining a novel. Due to how long our collaborations usually take, both Jei and I have decided to take on separate projects this year. Despite that our combined outlining method works well, this solo venture has made me realize that I need…

Creating Magic

So far during the month of preptober, or promptober as I have nicknamed it, I have outlined over a dozen possible books. One of the twelve has stuck out to me enough to further my world building past the initial rough outline. Along with the general application of world building I have also taken on…

Sy & Jei’s Five Writing Tips (#3)

Our third installment of Writing Tips from what Jei and I have taken away from our experience or research. #1 Always be Working on your next Project While it is important to finish your current work, don’t let it bog you down or make you obsessive over that one egg in your basket. You should…

Realistic Romance: Types of Relationships

Writing realistic relationships is always a challenge. Back in February, I took a stab at helping other writers by posting a blog about how to write realistic relationships. It was a pretty successful post and has led to some interesting conversations between myself and some friends concerning the topic. During one of those many conversations,…

History Becomes Us

Our lives are a series of experiences wrapped up into the package that is our personality. Reactions, quirks, favorites, dislikes, all of these are an abundance of multiple minute moments from the beginning of our life to the end that defines who and how we are as a person. For a character, this is no…

The Impending Doom of Books

    On our recent trip down to the Shakespeare festival, we took the time to stop by a used & new bookstore called Main Street Books. It was lined wall to wall with enough books to fill a small library. They used all their spare room to fill with the volumes they had and…

Genre Does Not Matter

I am a lover of all things literary. For fun, a lot of the time Jei and I will wander through bookstores to peruse the stock of new or used inventory. Over the years, we have both found ourselves in large franchise stores and the small hole in the wall places that collect tomes to…