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Why Do I Use Humor?

Honestly, I thought this would be a more challenging question with a deeper answer, but I’ve been sitting here for a while.  The question of how to use humor has been asked several times, but I always wanted to touch … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Writing Vampire Hunters

Vampire hunters heavily come into play in War of Nytefall: Savagery, which is a slight change from previous books.  Until now, they’ve really been pawns and random encounters for other characters.  Due to that role, I didn’t have to put a lot … Continue reading

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Mestra: The Vampire Training Grounds

About a third of the action in War of Nytefall: Savagery happens in the long lost island of Mestra.  Well, it isn’t really long lost.  Those connected to it knew where it was, but the door got taken away.  Due to … Continue reading

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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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7 Tips to Writing Character Biographies

Sticking with the character biography topic, we’re going to look into a few tips for those who want to use this trick.  I’m sure this isn’t for everyone.  It’s a big plotter/planner tool alongside outlines and summaries.  You can also … 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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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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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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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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#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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