Killing Characters

I remember the first time I killed a character. I cried for a day and then resurrected him. I’ve since gotten better at killing them. One of my writer friends once said “I kill people for a living”. I don’t know if she was quoting someone else, but her words stuck with me. She meant […]

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5 Ways to Create Fantastical Beasts and Peoples!: Mythology

English: Stone carvings at St Mary’s church (16) Two more fantastical creatures, perhaps a dragon and a cat(?) standing on its back legs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Myths are found in every culture from Ancient Greece to Pre-Columbian Cuba. Myths are stories of important events and people from the past. Most times these stories have fantastical […]

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5 Ways to Create Fantastical Beasts and Peoples!: Biology

Another way to create magical races is to take inspiration from nature. And not just animals! Where did Tolken get the Tree Ents, after all? Probably from different types of trees. A hidden benefit here is that most intelligent races are humanoid. If you are willing to stretch yourself, you can avoid this convention. Or […]

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5 Ways to Raise Your Word Count Rates

The point of these techniques is to get the words flowing faster and freer and temporarily shut down the inner critic that can slow your flow of words. Prompts. You can start with ones written by someone else but I recommend eventually making your own. When you write your own prompts, the topic is more […]

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Bringing Subplots Back to Life

Even though I have spent my whole month doing just that, I’m having trouble articulating the steps I used. I’m going to pull up Scrivener, look at my notes, and try to reverse the process by listing 5 of the strategies that I used. Plan, plan, plan (if you’re a plotster) the subplot’s progress so […]

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