July 2012

Planning Your Novel

I wrote about novel planning over at Mystery Writing is Murder yesterday. Learn about why a little organization can save tons of time along with some ways of going about it. Check it out here.

Reverse Engineering Your Novel

One of the nice things about working on the Writer’s Knowledge Base is that I see A LOT of writing articles pass by. I don’t have time to read all of them, of course, but M.E. Summer’s post “Kate Beckett’s Murder Board: Reverse Engineering Your Story” caught my eye just from the title alone. “Reverse Engineering.” Hey, that’s a technical term and I’m a technical guy (plus I probably know what she’s going to say and it’s right up my alley.) Then, there’s this “Murder Board” thing and that puppy sounds interesting! Check out M.E.’s post and then come back. (I’ll start the Jeopardy music…) Nice post, right?   I… Read More »Reverse Engineering Your Novel

Location Generation

In my last post I talked about how to generate character names so that you don’t have to spend time and brain power coming up with them yourself. This time I’m going to talk about how to generate settings.  Well, geographic places, at least. Perhaps your story hops around the world to exotic locales. Or maybe you just want to spice up some characters by giving them interesting hometowns. In either case you need to come up with some places and, if you’re like me, you’ll come up with Paris. Or maybe London. Closer to home it’s likely to be places you already know, too. In either case you can… Read More »Location Generation