It might take the form of a glittering crystal powering a dragon’s acid breath. Or a river of power that can be tapped to create a wizard’s fireball. Or a demonic pact granting awesome healing powers. Along with knowing the source of magic, I also like to decide how the source acts and is used. […]
Without a magic source of some kind, curses and rain dances just won’t work. The power behind these spells might never appear in writing but you should know it exists.
A writing prompt for the still moment before a big action scene.
Q: How would you define and describe writer’s block? A: The word ‘block’ sounds so powerful, so final, huh? But I try to think of it as two separate but not unrelated problems that are both beatable. The first problem seems to be when motivation is low, which is probably the hardest to fight for […]
This month’s featured book release is Imperial Towers by Ashley Capes. This is Book 5 in his Book of Never series.All his books can be found at Amazon and Kobo. Stay tuned tomorrow for an interview with author Ashley Capes! Only one thing stands between Never and answers – his brother. Driven toward the enemy-occupied Imperial City, Never’s doubts grow. […]
Are you ready to cast a spell on your magical world? This post starts a series about building magic systems with an emphasis on built-in dilemmas and conflicts.
I created this writing prompt, “”Honorable Destruction”, for the middle section of a book. Villain motivations are a powerful way to power the story. Perhaps the most potent type of villain motivation is one that the reader thinks is right, justified, or places him on high moral ground. Write a scene where the antagonist confronts […]
I created this writing prompt, “Mourner” for a reflective scene late in a character arc. Late in an arc, the character may still make mistakes but she realizes the role she plays in her choices. She tries to balance — or even counter — the negative in her life with the positive. Write a scene […]
I created this writing prompt, “”Fissure”, for the last section of a book. Character flaws are a powerful way to power the story. Perhaps the most potent type of character flaw is one that appears because of one or more event in the backstory and now is part of the character’s belief system. Write a […]
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