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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What to do with a rejection letter

What to do with a rejection letter

We’re coming up to the end of August, which for lots of people means the start of a new school year – and for everyone, it’s the beginning of autumn (bring on the pumpkin-spiced everything!). But for us at Crosshair Press, it’s the end. The end of novel edits (this is where those of you

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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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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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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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To be continued…or not

To be continued…or not

I’m not sure if I remember the first sequel I ever read, but it was probably On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I remember reading Little House on the Prairie vividly, especially since my family had a Kansas connection. So when my little brain understood that there were further adventures of

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Write Now: 3 Points to Ponder in a Critique

Write Now: 3 Points to Ponder in a Critique

I recently had the pleasure of having one of our other Crosshair Press editors visit our home in New Jersey. We were chatting at one point about CP projects we’re working on (Stay tuned! We’ve got some awesome news coming up!) and our personal works-in-progress. It reminded me how important it is to share our

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Write Now: 5 Practical Tips for Busy Moms

Write Now: 5 Practical Tips for Busy Moms

The other day someone asked me how I, as a new mom, balance having a little one and getting my writing done. I laughed. Honestly? I think back enviously to a year ago when I used the excuse of having a full-time job and “being tired” for not writing. I now have more respect than

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