Brainstorm your way to a Novel Idea

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I can’t deny that coming up with ideas is not a problem for me, it’s the organizing and details that get me bogged down in waist deep muck. However, sometimes you can have too many ideas with more loose connections then you know what to do with, and you lose sight of the bigger picture. Or you get in front of the computer and nothing happens. So how can you harness the flow of ideas to help compensate for the times when your creative juices seem to have gone on vacation? Continue reading

Read for pleasure, not for pain

book-863418__180When I first started writing I learned two things very quickly: I wasn’t very fast and I wasn’t very good. On great advice I took a writing course, followed by many others until I felt confident to persevere on my own. One reoccurring theme suggested by many of the instructor had to do with honing your craft and voice by writing and reading lots. Continue reading

World Building

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Every work of fiction needs to be grounded in a world of some kind. In fantasy or science fiction, world building is a crucial aspect of the storytelling process, more so then any other genre. The world needs to be built to allow the reader to understand where they are. Getting it right can take your story from one dimensional to multi-dimensional. Here are Continue reading

Character Traits: How your hero’s past shapes his future

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Humans have layers: hopes, dreams, flaws, fears and secrets, and in order to create an engaging character that readers will relate to, they need those too. As writers, we’re always trying to find ways for the reader to feel that they’re sharing the same experiences with these strong, deep characters do. If you, as the author, create a good backstory and understand what your character(s) did before the story began this will help you to develop characters whose past are woven into the Continue reading

Book review: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass. Sarah J. Maas. 2012. 404 pages. [Source: Library]

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
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