Tag: Novel

What makes bad people tick?

As a writer, this is something that I’ve explored for a long time now. Why does a bad person become bad? Why do they do bad things, what is the motivation? Just the other day, I was walking to my car from work. I was wearing my normal leather jacket. In Boston it’s very cold at this time of year. As I neared the … Read More What makes bad people tick?

Half-elf description

I’ve looked through the different works and various forms of elves and what their half-breed children are like. Half Breeds in some stories look like their human parent, almost completely and I’ll explain why below… In other stories, they are mixed, though in most, they have slightly pointed ears, but otherwise look like humans. So far, there is one consistency; elven genes are recessive … Read More Half-elf description

Killing off a Character…

This is a tough thing to do sometimes, unless you’ve set that character up to die from the start. If you have an Obi Wan Kenobi just waiting to be sacrificed for the main character’s development, that’s one thing, but what about a character whom you may not have initially intended to kill off? What about a character that’s had significant development and may … Read More Killing off a Character…

Indirect Sequels…

So I know I’ve touched on this already, but given how much I love this and how much thinking of it sooner may have saved me time and frustration during the publishing phase, I thought I’d go into a bit more detail. When I finished writing Divinity, I thought to myself, “Now it’s done, perfect, an epic story that will no doubt catch the … Read More Indirect Sequels…

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Divinity

Hi all, It is with great excitement… and a lot of nervousness, that I am finally able to give everyone a first glimpse at the novel that had me pulling my hair out for almost 8 years! Divinity. A tale of two worlds violently thrust together by fate and circumstance. A story of overcoming insurmountable odds (it doesn’t get much more insurmountable than God’s … Read More Divinity

Divinity Update!

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!

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Writing Elves…

Okay so I recently got into a discussion about elves and the use of their names. A lot of people believe that the words Elvish/Elfish/Alvish and Elven/Elfin/Elfen/Alven are interchangeable. This has been used by many modern authors who are writing fantasy. Well, stop it! No, I’m serious, for your own good, stop it. In the end you’re just going to confuse yourself and wind … Read More Writing Elves…

Author Advice Pt. 5

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

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Can fictional stories be harmful?

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?

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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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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