World Building: Why Flaws Matter

World building, normally associated with sci fi and fantasy novels, is something all writers regardless of genre should find important.  Whether you’re writing a biography, a memoir, a mystery, or a fantasy, your novel’s world should come alive for the reader.  It’s pretty hard for readers to suspend disbelief when they don’t feel grounded in … Continue reading World Building: Why Flaws Matter


Workshops Aplenty: Short Story & World Building

At last week’s Twin Cities’ Sisters in Crime meeting, noted mystery writers Jessie Chandler and Pat Dennis walked members through the “do’s and don’t’s” of writing a successful short story.  Below are a few highlights from the workshop: A short story isn’t a seven-layer cake, it’s a cupcake. I like the visual of the short … Continue reading Workshops Aplenty: Short Story & World Building