Thursday, January 31, 2019

Breaking Down the Urban Fantasy Mystery Formula: Private Life Subplots

So we all love a good mystery, and most of that plot line is going to be about the murder, who did it, and particularly in an urban fantasy the weird world it takes place in that is so much cooler than ours (and why is my neighbor not a vampire?!). Of course, something that can (and probably should) be just as weird is the inevitable private life subplot that comes with the mystery you're serving.

Let's get to it, shall we?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What to do About a Friend that Keeps Pretending to Have Read Your Work (And Obviously Hasn't)

I've done several google searches and can't find any good advice about this on the internet so I'm just going to collect my thoughts and write my own. Because I cannot be the only person that's having this issue.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Breaking Down the Urban Fantasy Mystery Formula: Hinting at Who Done It

There is a fine line between being subtle and cheating, when it comes to who actually committed the crime in a mystery. You don't want to be too obvious, because it takes the fun away, but the reader has to at least have a chance to see it coming. Otherwise they are going to be (rightfully) salty when the culprit comes out of nowhere and there were no clues.

So today that's what we're going to talk about.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Writing Romantic Conflict Part 1.1: A List of Good Relationship Conflicts

If you know me at all you know I'm a complete sucker for romance. And of course the best romances have a little bit of conflict, because frankly we read to see things go poorly for people that aren't us. Something has to be at stake, right?

Romantic conflict is great, but sometimes it's just terrible. Sometimes it's unhealthy but you guiltily enjoy it anyway. That's what I want to talk about tonight. Some sources of romantic conflict. Good, bad and guilty pleasure (ugly).

So without farther ado...

(Edit: I am not even halfway through good conflicts and this is already a longer blog entry than I usually do, this is going to have to get split up into three parts guys.)

(Edit II: This part of the blog entry has gotten too long I'm going to  have to split it up even more.)

[Trigger Warnings: Mention of sexual assault and domestic violence as an example of what not to do (not graphic). Mention of homophobia. Use of a trigger warning (tbh if that's something that's going to bother you, you probably want to find another blog that's better for your delicate sensibilities).]

Friday, January 18, 2019

Writing Mysteries: Crime Complications

What's up, readers? I've been doing a lot of studying the mystery formula. I might go back and do a blog entry on what that is generally, and what it entails, but today I wanted to take a minute to talk about Crime Complications, what place they have in a mystery story, why they are so important and what a few of  them you can use in your own work are.

(Edit: Yes, I know, I'm double late, I'm the worst; sometimes it's a struggle. The choice was get the blog done or get my prose done and guess what I'm here to do? Write prose and chew gum. My husband is still sleeping and I can't find my gum in the dark.)

Ready? Let's get to it!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Breaking Down the Urban Fantasy Mystery Formula: Creating Your Sleuth

Hopping back on this urban fantasy mystery train, today I want to hit on some points to consider when designing your sleuth. After all, one of the best things about the genre is the first person smart ass whose head we're riding in, right?

(I know you're not obligated to go first person, but let's face it, most of these books are.)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Breaking Down the Urban Fantasy Mystery Formula: Ingredients

Alright, so I've been studying this a lot recently and I want to break it down into chunks. I'll find the formula all over the place, breaking down what must be included in a mystery novel. However, some of these things have to be compounded into the same scenes. Some of them need to be included more than once. Some of them are subtext.

I'm pretty sure we're supposed to feel it out for ourselves, but I'm going to go ahead and give my hot take on the matter. So say we're following a recipe. These are the ingredients you need to get started, as told by yours truly.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Writing With Anxiety

I'm having some intrusive thoughts this morning. Honestly, I was thinking...I should probably let this one pass without comment. Like always. Like no one wants to hear about it. It might be useful, though, to somebody, and it's real, and that makes it worth saying.

So, you guys know the drill. I'm about to start talking about mental health. This blog entry isn't gonna be all positive and while I'm going to try to keep it from being a big ole ventblog,  there will be feelings. If that grosses you out or you just don't want to, don't click.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Years Resolutions 2019

It's happening again. Click 'read more' for a laundry list of promises I might not keep! : D