Tips on Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding-something that many writers either love, or dread. Why? Because there are so many amazing, unique experiences that you go through whilst making your very own universe. It’s one of my favorite things in writing, and so that’s what I’ll be talking about today.

On Deck

"So Abijah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then Asa his son reigned in his place..." -2 Chronicles 14:1
You are probably asking yourself, "Who is Abijah?" At this junction, King Solomon has died...if you've read this part of the Bible before, you will recall that due to insolence on the part of Solomon's son, the kingdom of Israel was divided in two- Jeroboam became king of Israel and Rehoboam (Solomon's son) became king of Judah.

Turn of a Leaf

The party is here, the room is crowding
My vision is dimmed, my head is pounding
I’ll fight to stay for as long as I can
This migraine is not going to have its say again

Connecting Your Head and your Heart

When I sat down to write this article, I didn't really want to. Let me clarify that last sentence. My head knew that I should do it, that it was good for me. But my heart was convinced that I would be better off doing something else. That is because while my brain can look into the future, my heart only knows how I feel right now. But do you wonder why I buckled down and started writing? It's because my heart also knew that if I didn't write I'd let down all the Writers of Elysian. So I opened my computer and started writing.

Coffee Shop Encounter (repost from Fathers Joy)

Hello all! Today is an excerpt of a short story I posted on my blog a bit ago, follow the link to read the rest!

Logan (Open Pen Critique)

 Note: Our first Open Pen Critique, don't forget to comment your thoughts!
~Logan gasped heavily. With a twist and a flick, he escaped his opponent’s grasp and floored him long enough for a breather. With a lunge, Logan was back into the fight, it had to be finished now or never.

Project Update: Meet Skylar Morgan

It's been a long while since I updated anything about my projects and what they entail and things like that, so I just thought that I'd take this moment to share with you a project I'm working on.

4 Steps to Creating a Villain

One of the hardest things for me was creating the villain. I knew that they had to be evil- but I have trouble creating them. I'm not a particularly evil person, and so to create someone who is can be scary. And then I realized something- they don't have to be evil. They have to be humans- who breathe and cry just like us. Now, if you're writing a sci-fi where the villain is some sort of rebel A.I… that's a little different. Robots don't have feelings (that's why its Artificial Intelligence)- but you must make sure that your evil character does.  

The Importance of Reading

Do you remember the first time you picked up a book and couldn't stop reading since? 
I do.

How to Write Better Fight Scenes

So, back when we were writing posts on writing tips every day, I went over on the YWWC and asked everyone which of a number of post ideas they'd like to see, and promised to write on the top three topics. The result of that is here on this blog, but one topic was suggested that I hadn't thought about: tips on writing fight scenes.

At the time, I just replied that I didn't have enough experience writing fight scenes to help out with that, but I realized that I had written far more than I could remember. So here we are, the post that was once asked for and never really expected!

How to Write a Good Villain

 If you’re a fiction writer then you have to have an antagonist. It’s as simple as that. Everyone knows how to create a good protagonist: Make him likable, make her tough, give him a weakness, don’t make her invincible. 
The list goes on.

Perfectly Prepared

Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see. ~Corrie Ten Boom

Perfect preparation.

As writers, we have the ability to create the future of the characters we create. As people, even as Christians we play a part in a big story that we don’t fully see. We are living, creating, and making, history. We can tell who our characters are, their actions, choices, and things that they do. But we can only see the choices and decisions we make.

2 Secrets About Bad Writing

You know the feeling.

That paper is due tonight.

But you just don't feel inspired.

So you turn out mediocre work.

Unfortunately, this scenario happens far too often. That results in a ton of bad writing. That's the bad news. The good news is that that bad writing isn't a total waste. In fact, it's not a waste at all.

June Writing Update (Anne Rhys)

Hello again, all writers, readers, and adventurers! Today is a general update for me and my writing.
What have I been doing? Being consistent! *and the crowd goes wild*

Five Ways to Help Non-Poets Write Poetry

I heard the clock ticking, the birds chirping, the wind blowing, and every other sound around me except the click clack of the computer keys in front of me.

I was attempting to write a poem on that sunny afternoon, but, try as I might, the words would not flow. Why was it so easy to write about topics like loving your neighbor and overcoming worry but so difficult to put sentences and words into iambic pentameter?

It was probably so hard because I am not a poet.

I’m not the touchy-feely, artsy, or creative type. I don’t enjoy gazing at landscapes or taking pictures of animals in my free time.

But I can still write poetry.

Yes, you read that correctly. It may not be the easiest task, but it’s definitely possible. Even though I’m not a typical poet, I can still write poetry; and so can you.

Here’s how non-poets can accomplish the difficult task of writing poetry:

1. Read poetry. This may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s crucial if you want to create excellent poems. Pick a variety of poets from a variety of periods (for example, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Anne Bradstreet). Choose poets who use different styles and study their techniques. How did they portray different events, people, and places? Were their thoughts detailed or abrupt? Do you notice any symbolism?

2. Learn the fundamentals. Find a simple how-to book for writing great poetry. If you’re a little rusty on your poetry knowledge (like if you can’t remember the definition of “blank verse”), brush up on the basics. Of course, you can always choose to follow the examples of the “rule-less” poets, like Emily Dickinson, but I recommend that you at least know what the rules of poetry are so that you can break them purposefully and carefully.  

3. Write poems about things that are important to you. Like with all writing, if you don’t care about a topic, you won’t care how you write about that topic. You’ll definitely struggle to write about something you aren’t interested in. Remember that you can write a poem about anything you like or enjoy—whether that be swimming, sunsets, or cheese fries.

4. Find an experienced poet to critique your poetry and give you feedback. Though the person doesn’t need to be a published poet, he or she should still know how to write poetry and have plenty of experience actually writing it. The point of this exercise is simply to guide you through uncharted territory. It’s helpful to know if you are headed in the right direction.

5. Remember that every poems is different. Not all poems rhyme or use full sentences. Poetry varies because poets vary. Your poem may not have the same style or structure as someone else’s poem, and that’s okay. It differentiates us as writers.

Poetry may not be your favorite genre to write, but I hope these tips help you feel more comfortable if you ever need or want to write it. If you study various poems, discover the basics, choose a topic you care about, ask for feedback, and embrace your unique style, you will be on the right track. 

Bio: Grace M. is a Christian, writer, piano-player, and sunset-lover. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, playing volleyball, and eating sour gummy worms. She blogs at

5 Ways to Encourage!

Living in a Christian community like a camp can be difficult. With Jesus as our savior, it really shouldn't be. However, sin all too often gets in the way. I have been blessed with an amazing group of believers. Here are some ways to make sure we are working together and not hindering each other while serving the Lord together. This list is almost more for me than for you, but I thought I would share! 

What's a quote?

Quote: repeat or copy out (a group of words from a text or speech), typically with an indication that one is not the original author or speaker.

Ever Struggled Finding Data to Back Up Your Writing?

Sometimes when you’re writing a research paper for class, you need some data to back up your claims. However, most of us don’t know where to find that data. Today, I’m going to introduce you to a data source that I’ve found handy -