Category Archives: Thoughts

The Fun of Writing Outdoors

With summer here, many people find that they want to spend as much time outside as possible.  Usually because I’m writing this in May, so I have no idea if we’re still under lockdown or not.  Last thing I heard … Continue reading

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The Physical Description: A Necessary & Surprisingly Difficult Piece

I think we can take this for granted.  Physical descriptions come off a little like a ‘duh’ concept.  We need to know what our characters look like to some extent.  Otherwise, every reader gets their own visual with no similarities.  … Continue reading

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Battling a Shortened Attention Span

Going to try hard not to jump on a high horse because I’m aware that I fall into this category too.  In fact, I think most people have lost part of their attention span and that makes selling books a … Continue reading

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Curses! Not the Censored Kind

I don’t think I’ve touched on this topic outside of a casual mention, so I’m going to attempt to go below the surface.  Curses show up in a lot of genres even when magic isn’t a main component.  Some are … Continue reading

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The Importance of Reading

Damn right I grew up on this show. Seriously though, I have noticed that reading isn’t as popular or common as it once was.  I see many adults and students have trouble or show no interest.  Many people have told … Continue reading

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The Dreaded ‘E’ Word = Editing

Most people feel that this is an inevitable trial.  You finish the first draft and know that it isn’t where it should be.  Why would it?  You were still discovering the story as you went even with your detailed outline.  … Continue reading

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Exotic Pets in Fantasy: Raise Your Hand If You Just Imagined a Dragon

Something that comes up from time to time in fantasy is heroes or villains having unique pets.  These can be real animals or monsters, but it really comes down to it being something you don’t normally see.  For example, Lost’s … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk about Stress

Stress is brutal.  In small doses, it can drive us ahead, but how often do we get the proper amount?  The longer I live, the more I meet people who are either unstressed to the point of being unmotivated and … Continue reading

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When Villains Go Hero

On-going series will have multiple villains in order to keep things fresh.  You need different enemies with a variety of ambitions to make sure it’s not the same adventure over and over again.  Yet, you run into a problem down … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Villain Team-Ups: Is It a Limited Tactic?

Villains teaming up is a classic twist to a series.  You have two established characters who don’t necessarily share a common enemy.  Yet, they work together for the same goal, which causes the heroes to do the same.  It happens … Continue reading

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