We’re all super excited about this! It’s actually happening as I’ve had to tell some of my readers who have messaged me. The cover is finally done, the editing done and everything has been submitted for review. Divinity is on it’s last stretch. Finally after 8 years of rewrites, changes, and being put on the back burner, it’s almost here!!! Thanks for sticking it … Read More Divinity Update!
One thing I’ve had to continuously tell myself over and over again is not to write with a bad attitude. I’m not kidding, if it’s time for you to write and you’re mad, annoyed, or just upset about something it’s not a good time to strike the keys. Stop, put the laptop down, and go do something else. The problem with writing while angry … Read More Author Advice Pt. 5
Rules of grammar and spelling… I have a feeling that this one will get me a few rolled eyes, but we all remember or… partially recall studying where to place comma’s, how to punctuate, and how to spell. This is all stuff we know. However, are those rules solid? Must they always be followed? Absolutely not! You’re going to find in your writing that, … Read More Author Advice Pt 4
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?
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…
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.
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.
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
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?
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?