Diving Back Into My World

~ By Melina Kantor Note: This post was written in August, 2016. Confession: A few days ago, I opened my WIP for the first time in. . . Well, I don’t know how long it had been. But let’s just say it had been long enough that when the document opened, I swear I heard a creak. Like all of us, I’ve been busy with a lot of regular life stuff (new rescue puppy, busy schedule, etc). But busy I can handle. What’s hard is that I now write for my day job, and after work I just can’t...

[Repost] Welcome to my World!

~ By Melina Kantor A few months ago, I was at a NaNoWriMo write-in, chatting with the author across from me about the king in her fantasy novel. As she described the rules of her story’s complicated world, complete with magic spells and mythical creatures, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe. “Wow,” I said. “I can’t tell you how much I admire people who can write stories like that. I could never.” I found myself more than a little jealous that my instinct is to write realistic, contemporary worlds rather than the “fun” more imaginative worlds...