Tag Archives: setting

Writing an Underwater Adventure and Not Getting Wet

I remember this happening in a few Dungeons & Dragons games.  We’d be land-based heroes with the occasional ocean adventure involving ships.  Then, our group would be thrown a curveball in the form of a quest that takes place nearly … Continue reading

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Questions 3: Setting the Scene

Element two is setting, which is what the picture above mentions.  If characters are the who then this is the what and when.  Setting is always more than just a location, but the time of events as well.  Is it … Continue reading

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Elements of a Story: The List of 7

Next week, I’m going to be doing a bunch of ‘Questions 3’ that revolve around the elements of a story.  Mostly, I’m curious to see what people think.  This also stemmed from finding a variety of lists for story elements.  … Continue reading

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Poetry Day: Along the Desert Path

(My titles aren’t that subtle.  They’ve always been direct much like my poetry.  So, you can tell what this is going to be about.) I walk into the heat With scraps and sweat My protection from the sun I feel … Continue reading

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Using War as a Backdrop

There are times when it felt like the Vampire Civil War wasn’t going on, but War of Nytefall: Anarchy has it as the backdrop.  I needed to do this because there were only two books left, so I needed to remind the … Continue reading

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#4 Post of 2020: Does Fantasy Have to Be Medieval?

(Post originally made on January 6, 2020. That’s staying power.) Various questions come up when someone wants to write high fantasy and many of them are completely understandable.  They may deal with magic, various races, and creating a world that … Continue reading

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Is Weather Important to Stories?

Many of us remember Snoopy starting a book with ‘It was a dark and stormy’ night.  In fact, I’ve seen this get used as a ‘what not to do’ lesson.  I believe it’s that you never start with the weather, … Continue reading

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Does Fantasy Have to Be Medieval?

Various questions come up when someone wants to write high fantasy and many of them are completely understandable.  They may deal with magic, various races, and creating a world that isn’t Earth.  Yet, there are other questions that you can … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Island of Apelios

I didn’t have much going into this place because I had the longest time deciding on a name.  Not even sure what the originals were, but part of the problem was that the Vampire Queen went from hero to villain … Continue reading

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Preparing for a Journey: When a Story Hits the Road

In Crossing Bedlam and Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower, I had the heroes go on traveling adventures.  This meant deciding on locations, events for those locations, and how long they stayed in each place.  There’s a lot of organization here that … Continue reading

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