Question: How do fantasy authors come up with fictional cultures and customs?

How do authors design fictional cultures and customs? It’s called world building and it’s taught in classes, plus there are books on the subject. But possibly the best and most fun way to design a fictional universe is done when writers simply close their eyes and let their imagination soar. What kind of world should …

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A reader’s question: What are some tips on writing characters you want to spend time with?

How to create a character you’d like to spend time with? Easy! Create a character with the same characteristics as people you know that you enjoy spending time with. If you can’t come with anyone like that, then make that character into the kind of person you wish you knew and could spend time with. …

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A reader’s question: Should the writers who feel that writing is a burden be considered good writers? Shouldn’t a writer have a passion for writing?

Shouldn’t a writer have a passion for writing? Not necessarily, though it helps if the writer is a voracious reader and at enjoys at least one or more of the aspects of writing. I wasn’t passionate about writing when I began. I simply wanted to earn money working at home and, since I love reading, …

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A reader’s question: How can I make a short storyline longer?

How to make a story longer when you’ve already figured out the storyline and it’s too short? It’s not easy but it can be done. I know because when I segued from short stories to novels I just about went crazy figuring out how to do exactly that. The answer isn’t to pad your scenes. …

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