All posts by Stacy Overby

World-Building and Psychology

Did you know there is quite a bit of psychology that goes into world-building? Or at least there should be. What often comes to mind first in world-building is the physical environment, right? Then things like clothes, food, some cultural elements, and different races/peoples. Hopefully,

Book Review: Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin

Title: Blade of the Destroyer Author: Andy Peloquin Genre: Dark Fantasy Amazon rating: 4.5 The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: Ruthless, Unrelenting, Immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within

First Aid for Writer’s Block

Inspiration. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. At least according to Google, this is the definition of inspiration. But, as any author knows, inspiration can be as elusive as finding the truth in a room

On Hearing Voices

No.  I’m not talking about literal voices.  What I am referring to are the different voices we refer to in writing.  There are two specific voices, and a few notes on style, to consider.  The first is character voice, and the second is author voice. 

Book Review: The Lady Astronomer by Katy O’Dowd

Title: The Lady Astronomer Author: Katy O’Dowd Genre: Steampunk Amazon rating: 4.0 stars Lucretia’s quiet life as an astronomer and hat-maker is quickly turned on its head by her brother. He is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Unfortunately for

Editing 101

Editing, shmediting.  It’s all the same thing, isn’t it?  You’re going through making sure your draft looks good so you can get your work published, right?  At its heart, yes.  That is what editing is.  However, it’s much more than that.  There are several kinds

Guest Post: Self-Care Is Good Business

When you think about the business of writing, you probably don’t think about good self-care do you?  Many people don’t.  Yet, I would argue it is a critical piece of any good business plan.  You won’t do yourself any good as an author if you’re

On the Business of Endings

So, you want to know how to write a good ending? First you must know its territory so you can catch one… Wait. No. That’s how to train your dragon. In all seriousness, figuring out a good ending can be a lot like trying to

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