Finding the Soul of your Story | Lani Forbes

Finding the Soul of your Story | Lani Forbes

Much to my husband’s dismay, I could watch the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” over and over again for the rest of my life. Like a good wife, I tricked him into watching it with me by promising it was about World War II. I conveniently forgot to mention that it was a Cinderella story

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How to use games for world building

How to use games for world building

World building. There are tons of places to find inspiration for your fictional landscapes, cultures, and conflicts in your story. New writers are told to read what you want to write, not to copy, but to emulate. Books, movies, current events — they’re all fair game. But some of the most influential slices of entertainment

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Getting romance right

Getting romance right

It’s Valentine’s Day, so bring forth the obligatory love-centric posts, right? I don’t know about you, but I’m in the camp where when I’m reading or watching a movie and I see good things happening, birds singing, and especially main characters falling in love, I get suspicious. I sense something’s coming. Usually it’s something bad. Like a dinosaur,

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Writing from Real Life

Writing from Real Life

If you’re a writer, and even if you’re not, odds are you’ve heard the adage, “Write what you know.” And if you’re a writer, it’s probable you’ve sat and thought, “I know about grocery shopping, my work, and living in the suburbs. There’s nothing exciting about what I know.” And so we sit and we

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Culture, Racism and the Christian Storyteller

Culture, Racism and the Christian Storyteller

What role should culture and race play in our stories? And why are we, as Christian writers, so afraid to talk about it? Or, perhaps a better question, Why are Christian fiction books so white?  I’m not even talking about the much-maligned Amish romance trend. In nearly every Christian fiction book that comes to mind, the

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What if?

What if?

Did you ever play the “What if?” game? Not necessarily the “What if I could go back in time and tell my 16-year-old self not to date that jerk,” version. No. On a bigger scale. Think more along the lines of, “What if Napoleon had successfully invaded England?” “What if Germany had won World War

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Choosing the right words

Choosing the right words

I am nothing if not a grammar nerd. This fact is embarrassingly obvious as I’ve been doing research for my Western/slightly-Steampunk story, due out later this year. The way words were once used versus our common usage today has always fascinated me. When writers build worlds, whether real or imaginary, the words we use in description

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Writer’s block and life’s dead ends

Writer’s block and life’s dead ends

Every author will tell you they’ve hit that dreaded barrier at some point in their work of genius. It’s a dead-end alley where amateur’s and wannebe’s dreams go to die. It’s the “Hell Week” of prospective professionals that reveals who wants to write and who intends to be a writer. For some completely unfathomable reason, the

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Of Fans and Fiction

Of Fans and Fiction

On the Crosshair Press blog this week we’re delighted to welcome the witty, brilliant, and stunningly beautiful Elena Nightingale! A recognized rabid fan herself in multiple fandoms, we can think of no one better to discuss the eccentricities of this symbiotic creator/consumer relationship.  On the latest season of Orange is the New Black, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes”

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Write Now: Old-Fashioned Research

Write Now: Old-Fashioned Research

Research. It has a different meaning now than it did when I was in college ten years ago writing a 15-page paper for English. Okay, so I just did the math in my head and it was more like 12 years ago. Sigh. Point being, the days of going to the library, checking out the

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