Category Archives: Thoughts

Biographies and Character Evolution: A Head Start?

A goal of writing is to evolve our characters.  If they are the same at the end of their adventure as they were at the beginning then we missed something.  Even if they go back home, there needs to be … Continue reading

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Is There a Point in Character Bios?

I can already hear at least once pantser preparing to explain why they don’t do this.  If it helps, person with fingers at the ready, you’re right.  Character biographies don’t work for everyone.  They aren’t even universal because everyone has … Continue reading

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Side Jobs: Because Being a Hero Doesn’t Always Pay the Bills

I was thinking about this as a friend explained an RPG he had been playing.  He brought up various skills of his character that weren’t really adventuring ones.  They helped there, but he did it mostly to get new gear … Continue reading

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A Fictional World History: Do You Need It?

It’s not always clear if you need to create a world history, especially when you’re doing fantasy.  Sure, you may think it’s necessary because that’s what all of the big names have done.  We know so much about Middle Earth, … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Fear?

I was starting the theme of this week and a thought came to mind.  Have I done posts on fear before?  Apparently, I’ve done several.  It’s a topic that keeps coming back to my mind as if I never considered … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Having a Reunion Plot in Your Story

This storyline might be fairly niche, but it’s caught my attention.  In fact, I think it’s turned up more often than I realize.  ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ and ‘Red’ come to mind.  Both have a reunion plot where most of … Continue reading

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#2 Post of 2020: Do You Avoid or Tackle Mental Health Issues in Fiction?

(Post originally published on April 6, 2020) I bring up mental health a lot here.  Usually, it’s in regards to the topic itself and not connecting it to writing.  Well, I’m going to switch that up here.  Wednesday and Friday … Continue reading

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Who Do You Write For?

This is a question that I ask a lot and see many people answering without hesitation.  At least it appears that way.  It’s hard to figure out for myself.  There’s always multiple factors that I think about.  The list can … Continue reading

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Crossing Genres: #Fantasy & #Historical Fiction

Here we are for the last ‘Crossing Genres’ post unless somebody requests pairing another one off with ‘Fantasy’.  I’m open to any that I can slip into January.  Not sure any will be as difficult as this one.  One genre … Continue reading

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A Series With Minimal Action, But High Suspense

This year, I got into a series called ‘Dr. Stone’.  It is about how humans are frozen in stone for 3,700 years, so civilization collapses.  The first to awaken is Senku, a Japanese teen who was obsessed and highly skilled … Continue reading

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