"I'm working on a story, but I'm stuck on the worldbuilding."
I've heard some variant of this enough times that I felt the need to do something. Worldbuilding doesn't come first. It's like being unable to decide on the house you want to buy be[Read this blog post]
There are over 7 billion people on Earth. Your story world may have more, it may have fewer, but unless you are writing a creation myth, you're talking very large numbers of people both alive and historical. Though few of them had any idea they w[Read this blog post]
When you write, you're bound to end up with a protagonist or two along the way (it would be a good trick not to!). Understanding your plot and how that protagonist fits into it can shape your story. Some genres and types of story have their own c[Read this blog post]
I have written characters that speak like kings and professors. Perfect diction. Perfect use of vocabulary. Perfect grammar. This is fine for characters who are kings, professors, or anyone else whose education, breeding, and social status demand[Read this blog post]
'Never let the audience see your lips move.'
To a ventriloquist, this seems like obvious advice. But to an author, it can be equally valuable. Part of the conceit of a ventriloquist's act is the belief that the dummy is real. It has a voice of[Read this blog post]