Tag: Stacy Overby

What to Check Before You Hit Submit
August 11, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

We’ve talked about building worlds and creating in-depth characters. Even our secondary characters have backstories now. Our stories are written and edited. Now what? Before you submit, there is still an important step to seeing your work in print. It is the dreaded F word. Now, get your mind out of the gutter because that’s

Researching Mental Health in Fiction Writing
July 7, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

I want to talk about something serious this time, so no glib starts here today. My subject: mental health in fiction. There’s a ton to cover with this topic and writing mental health needs to be done right or you’ll risk offending your readers. Even with research, it may happen, but at least you did

Character Development Courtesy of World Building
June 9, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

Have you ever stopped to think about how environment affects development? In psychology, one theory examining the interaction between development and environment is Ecological Systems Theory by Urie Bronfenbrenner. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what does this have to do with writing and character development, but trust me a little. It does. Let’s take a

World-Building and Psychology
May 12, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

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, you’re nodding your head agreeing with all of this so

Book Review: Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin
April 15, 2017 Book Reviews Stacy Overby

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 him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death. When

First Aid for Writer’s Block
April 14, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

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 full of teenagers in trouble. Let me help you out

On Hearing Voices
March 29, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

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.  Then there is author style and editing problems to consider. 

Book Review: The Lady Astronomer by Katy O’Dowd
March 18, 2017 Book Reviews Stacy Overby

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 Lucretia, she is introduced to his majesty as her brother’s

Editing 101
March 10, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

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 of editing that focus on different aspects of the work. 

On the Business of Endings
February 10, 2017 Writing Advice Stacy Overby

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 train a dragon. An ending is arguably the most important

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