Tag Archive: writing-tips

Writing Fantasy Races: Elves? Which Elves?

Out of all the fantasy races, Elves are my favorite. Tolkien’s elves, Warhammer Elves, any given Elf in a video game. Not the Keebler Elves, though their cookies are at least decent. Nor Christmas Elves with their match-matchy outfits. Elf on a Shelf is especially right out. Yes, he’s a Christmas elf, but he gets… Read This Article

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The Best Writing Software For Books, and Blogging

Rarely in 2016 do I hand-write my fiction stories. Sometimes there’s a need to write a note to serve as a reminder, or an outline. I do outline on paper most of the time. But to me, my writing work is digital, backed up three times. To do that, I have a group of writing applications that keep me sane.

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Creating or Using Existing Creatures

One of my favorite things about writing Fantasy stories is creature design. So, I thought I’d put together a few writing tips about, well, designing creatures.

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Similarity in Writing. Or, “How Close is Too Close?”

In a previous article, I encroached on the concept of encroaching on someone else’s story. (That last bit about the cave and the coin.) And I thought it might be worth a followup about the theme of similarity.

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Metaphor: Seasons and Weather

One of the first metaphors I ever learned was that of weather and climate. I think it’s that way for a lot of people because of how readily available the comparison is.

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Character Design: Writing Consistent Characters

One of my biggest pet-peeves in stories is the use of a character to drive the plot the wrong way. You’ll notice it from time to time, if you’re watching for it. It goes like this: an author writes a character one way for the majority of the plot, then, they just change that character. It throws the character under the bus.

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Sometimes You Don’t Need a Reason

I don’t know about you, but my life is pretty random. One moment I’m at my desk writing something, the next I’m being attacked by a Husky who wants my attention. Or a 4 year old.

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Make Your Characters Thirsty

Have you ever had one of those days? I’m fairly sure everyone has. Either that or I’m just completely weird. Anyway, it’s something that I’ve never seen in a story. “How on Earth is this relevant?”, you may ask. Well, I’ll tell you.

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It’s Okay To Write Strange Characters

This is my second time watching the Doomsday Preppers series. There’s a whole lot that I could say about it, but the one thing that stands out is how completely blind we are to our own biases and oddities.

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Sabotage

One of my favorite musicians once admitted to sabotaging relationships because it kept things fresh, and helped him write better music. I never understood it with real people, but the idea is perfect for not-so-real people.

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