There’s a character not mentioned as much when people review books. Even in my own reviews rarely do I give this character the accolades it deserves and that character’s name is Setting. Often, if the writer is doing their job, the setting will blur seamlessly into the story and at no time will I wonder where the characters are or how they got there.  In some cases, if it’s not present enough I’ll be thrown out of the story. In others, it will make me doubt the validity or reality of the story. Why is it important? The setting makes the difference in a great sceneRead More →

Part of the first week of this month I spent developing/fleshing out characters for the next two books I’m working on. Two at once… yes, I tell no lies. Both books have the bones of their stories plotted from beginning to end. I’ve created a basic outline of each character, but now comes the time I dive into them. It’s getting into their heads and often it requires more than just a basic physical description and backstory. In the good, ol’ beginner days, I’d simply list the GMC (Goal, Motivation, Conflict), Physical description (Age, height, hair style/color, eye color, clothing preference), Name, Occupation, and Backstory.Read More →

A public service announcement from Catherine Peace Ever read a book and wonder how the author created such an incredible, engrossing world? Do you want to BE that author? Writing is a lot more than just Characters + Dialogue + Action = End. For genre writers especially, worldbuilding is a critical skill that will help you create a world that jumps off the page and into your reader’s mind. How do you get there? Where do you start? Worldbuilding is one of the most intimidating aspects of the writing process, but it doesn’t have to be. In Why Worldbuilding (is the Secret Ingredient): The CompleteRead More →