Everything You Need to Know About Conducting Research for Your Book

Hi everyone! This article is a companion to the Instagram video series I am currently doing about research. To watch, click on the Instagram icon at the top of the page or find me @laurenbrockmeierwriter.  In this series of videos, I broke down the ins and outs of doing research into bite-sized pieces. I’ve triedContinue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Conducting Research for Your Book”

4 Captivating First-Person Narratives For Your TBR

“I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.” Great Expectations The best books show us what it feels like to be human. No type of story does a better job of this (in my opinion) than a powerfulContinue reading “4 Captivating First-Person Narratives For Your TBR”

My SFF Adaptation Wishlist

During the last several years adaptations of fantasy and science fiction stories have taken off in a big way. As is the case when anything goes “mainstream”, the original fans have often been disappointed by the results. That’s not to say that no good has come of it. Game of Thrones kept us enthralled untilContinue reading “My SFF Adaptation Wishlist”

Why Writers Should Read The Eye of The World

The Wheel of Time– a vast sprawling epic that many find intimidating. But what if we take just the first book, The Eye of the World. On its own, it’s a simple story about villagers leaving home and being chased by evil creatures until they make some troubling discoveries. It’s a great example of howContinue reading “Why Writers Should Read The Eye of The World”

To Focus, or Not to Focus? That is the Question

Hello Friends, Today is November 1st, and many of you are gearing up for NaNoWriMo–putting your noses to the grindstone with a plan to come out on the other side with a 50,000-word first draft. I wish you all the best of luck. This type of focus is an essential part of writing, but it’sContinue reading “To Focus, or Not to Focus? That is the Question”

5 Five-Star Books to Add to Your Must-Read List

Whenever I rate a book, I have a system. A four-star review means I loved it. I’ll probably reread the book at some point and also read any sequels if it’s part of a series. I know right away if a book merited four stars.  A five-star review is different. Five stars isn’t just aboutContinue reading “5 Five-Star Books to Add to Your Must-Read List”

Universal Reflection: A Poem

What are the stars when we aren’t looking? Tableaux of warriors, gods and heroes? Or atoms, plasma burning? The universe looks to us,  Orphaned children, drifting. The only eyes within it, Painting meaning on the void. By Lauren Brockmeier This work is protected by copyright law and may not be reused or redistributed in anyContinue reading “Universal Reflection: A Poem”

5 Lessons from Tolkien about Writing and Life

I recently reread The Lord of the Rings for the first time as an adult. I thoroughly enjoyed it and got so much more out of it than I did as a teenager. This time I was reading it both as a writer and as a fan. I was inspired to revisit the fascinating volume The Letters ofContinue reading “5 Lessons from Tolkien about Writing and Life”