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#4 Post of 2021: 7 Tips to Adding Fear Into Fiction

(Post originally published on February 3, 2021.) Even if you don’t write horror, you may want to include some fear in your stories.  From fear, we can create hope and relief.  We can also drive people into despair and sadness.  … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Writing Peace Talks in an Action Adventure

War of Nytefall: Eulogy has a set piece that involves peace talks.  Between who?  I’m not going to say because that can be a little spoiler-y.  Just know that there are scenes where people are arguing, debating, and discussing.  For … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Adding Fear Into Fiction

Even if you don’t write horror, you may want to include some fear in your stories.  From fear, we can create hope and relief.  We can also drive people into despair and sadness.  It’s a fascinating jumping point for so … Continue reading

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#1 Post of 2020: 7 Tips to Writing Characters with Depression

(Post originally published April 8, 2020.  Wow.  All 3 mental health posts that came out around my 40th birthday.  Kind of bittersweet here.) A few disclaimers here because we’re heading into delicate territory.  I am not an expert on mental … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Handling Grief and Mourning in Fiction

As I said, grief and mourning is a subplot in War of Nytefall: Ravenous.  It was very difficult to touch on this while the majority of the book dealt with action, humor, and Desirae’s seductiveness.  I kept having to remind myself … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Using Curses in Fiction: Eye of Newt Can Expire

Curses can have a lot of pitfalls when you use them.  Have they been done already and in the same fashion?  Do they have a purpose in the story beyond window dressing or a comical reaction?  Is it really a … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Writing Characters with Depression

A few disclaimers here because we’re heading into delicate territory.  I am not an expert on mental health by any means.  I read up on it and have my own experiences to work off, which is what fuels these posts.  … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Working with a Serpentine Idea

Look, many of us can’t say that our original plans go off without a hitch once the pen meets the paper.  Even outlines change as you move along, so there’s a very organic undercurrent to writing in general.  Maybe it … Continue reading

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Top 5 of 2019: 7 Tips to Creating a Fantasy Army (#1)

And the #1 post of 2019 . . . Really?  You know, I really didn’t expect this topic to come out on top.  Heck, I didn’t even remember it.  Another odd thing is that 3 of the 5 are 7 … Continue reading

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The Infamous Retelling of An Old Story (7 Tips!)

The meme is right, but I’m going to talk about retellings more than remakes.  Is there a difference?  At first glance, I thought there wasn’t.  Then I considered the nuances a bit more and realized it was subtle.  A remake/reboot … Continue reading

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