Tag: fantasy

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Character development progression…

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…

Plot Contrivance – Character Balance Rule.

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.

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Dean Koontz Strange Highways (Short Story)

As indicated in a previous post of mine, Strange Highways is a story that I hold very close to my heart. At only 154 pages long and an easy read, it’s amazing how much this few-hour-read draws you in and keeps you in. Renown thriller writing Dean Koontz really hit it out of the park with this one. Synopsis (pulled from Wiki):  A failed author … Read More Dean Koontz Strange Highways (Short Story)

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Character Interview: Magnifica, Lia’na of the White Water Clan.

Host: Hello and welcome. Today we have a very special guest from the new and exciting story called Magnifica. Please join me in welcoming the heroine, Lia’na of the White Water Clan. Lia’na: Lien ni, it’s wonderful to be here. Host: So Lia’na how are you today? Lia’na: Very well, lien ni! Host: Now I’m curious, what exactly does lien ni mean? Is that thank … Read More Character Interview: Magnifica, Lia’na of the White Water Clan.

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Magnifica: Gravestalker

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

The Plot Formula

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

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Inter-species Fantasy Romances

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

When is the right time to publish?

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?

Magnifica: Tears of the Fallen

SPOILER ALERTS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST ONE!!! | “Ariel, what is it? What has happened? Our world…” “Oh my God… why… this was not supposed to happen!” “Ariel, I don’t understand. It’s like an outside influence is affected them.” “Yes Roselyn, I can feel it, the ebb of time. There was an inter-dimensional shift… something terrible has happened.” “What should we do, … Read More Magnifica: Tears of the Fallen

Author’s Advice (Part 1)

The best advice I can give to any new authors out there is probably going to surprise everyone: Completely disregard what your potential audience may want. Yup, you read that right. I’m giving you permission to be completely selfish with your writing, because it’s just that; YOUR WRITING! The characters you create are yours, the world you set them in are yours, you are … Read More Author’s Advice (Part 1)

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To illustrate or not to illustrate?

It’s a question that has plagued many a fiction writer. Should you add illustrations to your novel? Should you include images of your characters on the cover of your book or should you restrict all imagery to symbols and leave the rest to the reader? To be honest, I’ve heard credible arguments on both sides of the isle and they both have good points. … Read More To illustrate or not to illustrate?

Elves

As you can imagine by my written work so far… I love elves. They’re are some of my favorite mythological characters… but over the years, there have been different incarnations of them. So which one is the right one? Well technically speaking, there is no right or wrong in Fantasy… and I can say that with a straight face after watching Jeremy Irons in … Read More Elves