A Beginner’s Guide to Worldbuilding

Setting up the Setting Characters don't interact in a vacuum. The reason some people prefer fantasy and sci-fi over contemporary fiction is because they want to get lost in a different world, so creating a compelling setting intrigues readers just as much as character actions and motivations do. Half the fun of reading Harry Potter and … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Worldbuilding

7 Short, Worthwhile Reads from Around the Internet

1. The Business of Murder Flash fiction when done effectively tends to be over before the reader is ready. This thrilling, 937-word piece about a planned homicide agency that never misses an appointment will keep you thinking long after the final sentence. 2. Kevin One of Reddit's most famous comments, this tale of a fantastically … Continue reading 7 Short, Worthwhile Reads from Around the Internet

Books You Should Read: The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah

Sick of living in London, writer and journalist Tahir Shah and his family uproot themselves and move to Casablanca, Morocco, a coastal city made famous by the 1942 movie of the same name. The Caliph's House chronicles their first year in Casablanca, from uncovering family history to dealing with a house renovation dragging on ridiculously to … Continue reading Books You Should Read: The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah

Books of the Month, February 2018

It's nearly National Singles Awareness Day, followed by National All Chocolate is Half Price Day! Check out these three books that read well whether you're taken or on the market. Thwonk by Joan Bauer Student photographer AJ McCreary is hopelessly in love with her handsome classmate, Peter Terris. When a real-life Cupid appears and grants her … Continue reading Books of the Month, February 2018

The Deathworkers Agency

The most annoying thing about death is all the paperwork involved. Every morning, Lyle and I make the trip to the warehouse to sift through today’s files and see whose soul we get to summon and send into the light. “Harold Lassiter, aged eighty-six,” I read from the list of names. “Heart attack. Leaves behind … Continue reading The Deathworkers Agency

The Claire Witch Project

There are many things you can easily explain to your parents. Accidentally blowing up your uncle is not one of them. “You are so busted, Claire,” said my sister Lindsay, eying the singed curtains and the freshly made crater in my bedroom floor. “Wait until Dad finds out you were practicing transmorph spells in your … Continue reading The Claire Witch Project

How to Write a Book in 3 Months

Yes, it's possible. The first draft, anyway. If National Novel Writing Month didn't work out for you or was too rushed, try an easier goal of churning out a rough draft in 3 months. The idea is the same—you try to write a certain number of words per day—but the time frame is stretched out … Continue reading How to Write a Book in 3 Months