Hi all, just wanted to let you know about an exciting new book that is due for release this November. This was my first full length Novel and really was the pathway to writing Magnifica. After 8 years of rewrites and being put on the back-burner for Magnfica due to a lack of publishing interest, I revisited Divinity, rewrote it, and broke it up … Read More New Novel on the Way: Divinity!
What is it about the villain that’s so great? Why do we like villains so much… to the point where we want to see the villain more than the hero? Well originally, villains were just supposed to be a plot device. A simple element that was used to create a plot. There was no rhyme or reason to it. The villain was just a … Read More The Villain
Unfortunately, I have to say yes… hesitantly. Fictional stories can absolutely be harmful if taken the wrong way or interpreted incorrectly. A good example would be many of the Bible stories. The Bible was a good written by man for man. I can’t speak to who wrote the old testaments or how, but the new testament, at least as far as the Gospels are … Read More Can fictional stories be harmful?
In my opinion… YES! Though there really isn’t any evidence of it in any of the books. The movies make it more than apparent. There is no doubt about it. It’s not really apparent in Lord of the Rings although the look on Galadriel’s face is of concern when she discovers that Gandalf has fallen. Not only that, but the way they react to … Read More Question: Did Mithrandir (Gandalf) and Galadriel have a relationship at one point?
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The answer SHOULD BE a resounding NO! If Magnifica or Divinity were ever made into a movie and it stunk… my book would still be sitting on the shelf, available to read. The movie will have done nothing to it. That said, if a book was turned into a movie and the movie turned out to be better than the book (happens, though rarely), … Read More Does a book becoming a movie ruin the book?
Not all characters come from the same place. Not all are based on a person we know and not all are created directly from our minds. Some characters are taken from bits and pieces of other characters, perhaps a personality trait, internal demon, or other factor is taken from a third party source and incorporated into a brand new character. In a previous post, … Read More Character development progression…
Is being a good reader required to be a good writer? Surprisingly no. You do not need to be good at reading to be a good writing. Some of the most famous writings were the work of people who were literate and passed their stories down through orally. Homer, the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, is considered by many to have been … Read More Good Writer =/= Good Reader?
Simply put, whenever a character dies or is killed off, usually they need to be replaced. There is rarely a gap. Either a mentor is replaced by a comforting friend, or a family member is replaced by a lover, or a future disciple. While the replacing character doesn’t usually take on the role of the previous person, they are intended to fill the void. … Read More Plot Contrivance – Character Balance Rule.
SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE OTHER BOOKS!!! || “Sister, we can’t let this happen, you know what he’s planning!” “We don’t have a choice Roselyn. I feel the same way you do, but the council has ruled. We are not allowed to interfere, it’s not our world.” “But Ariel, if he does it wrong, he could destroy both worlds!” “That’s a … Read More Magnifica: Gravestalker
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Okay, so today I’m going to go over a few formulas I have for a good story, as well as a couple of character study aspects. Let’s start with the formulas shall we? Dark/Sad ending =/= bad movie. Okay I know a lot of us grew up on Disney stories and fairy tales and are used to the happy endings. So when we get a … Read More The Plot Formula
There is a strange phenomenon that I’ve found somewhat consistent in many stories that involve humans being around other sentient beings. If a romance is involved, the gender of the non-human is usually the opposite to that of the writer. We see this in many stories, including but not limited to… Lord of the Rings City of Angels Twilight Underworld True Blood Magnifica (Yes, … Read More Inter-species Fantasy Romances
The moment a literary agent says ‘yes’ to you!!! IF you are that lucky! In all seriousness though a good amount of authors peddling their works are self published and that decision comes down to them. That said, one could make the argument that the author decides when to seek out an agent as well. So this piece goes out to everyone. When to … Read More When is the right time to publish?