This week on Hide and create, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland, Moses Siregar and Joshua Essoe talk about writing kick-butt openings. There are plenty of good guidelines and rules — don’t start with dialogue, give the entire novel in the first sentence, give yourself a focus for the scene, intro your character with a name, don’t … Continue reading Writing Awesome First Pages
This week on Hide and Create Moses Siregar, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland, and Joshua Essoe talk about writing monsters. A monster isn’t just a beasty with fangs and an appetite. A monster is something that offends our sensibilities, sets the fine hairs on the backs of our necks on end. So how do you do … Continue reading Writing Scary Monsters
This week on Hide and Create, Diana Rowland, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger and Moses Siregar try to make you cry. Why do we write? It isn’t merely to entertain, and it certainly isn’t for the money or the hours. No, we write to move our readers, and ourselves; to touch emotion in some way. What … Continue reading Writing for Tears. Make Them Cry!
This week on Hide and Create, Diana Rowland, Moses Siregar, Joshua Essoe and Jordan Ellinger talk about creating magic systems. One thing that we can agree on, and there is a lot of debate on this subject, is that you have to remain consistent with your magic. Casually introducing new powers into your magic system will … Continue reading Writing Magic Systems