World Building: Why Flaws Matter

World building (generally associated with science fiction and fantasy) is essential for all writers. Whether you’re writing memoir, crime fiction, or romance, your world should come to life for the reader. Think of your world as another character. Good characters have flaws that make them more human and attractive to readers. Here’s why story world … Continue reading World Building: Why Flaws Matter

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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