When I was 19-years-old, the right half of my thyroid had travelled farther across the country than I ever had.
A discussion I’ve seen passed around in various writing communities is whether you should write for your audience or write for yourself. Does writing specifically for an audience lead to trend-hopping and inauthentic, less-engaging storytelling? Are you effectively putting blinders on if you write solely for yourself, or potentially creating an unmarketable story?
Being pregnant with your first child is often an uncertain and stressful time, even among all the excitement. There are a lot of variables to consider, a lot of things you don’t really know or understand until you get there, and a lot of stuff to be worried about or scared of. Trust me, I know – I’m five months pregnant as I write this.
Description is an incredibly important tool in writing, and it comes in many forms. To write a story with no description is difficult (though not impossible – there are certainly examples of dialogue-only microfiction), and so a certain level of descriptive writing is considered the standard or bare minimum. But where, exactly, does that standard or minimum actually lie? Is there such a thing as too much description? If so, how do you know when and when not to flex your descriptive chops?
Slaying dragons, saving villages, and exploring dungeons are all unquestionably an important part of Dungeons and Dragons, and I doubt I’m the only player out there who loves hearing the words, “Roll initiative!” (Well, usually – there have definitely been some encounters filled with dread!)
You may have seen terms like “plotter” and “pantser” tossed around in writing communities and – if you’re not a writer or you’re new to those communities – you might be confused about what, exactly, they mean.