I've been collecting quotes from books for years now and figure it's high time I put them to use. So here is the quote of the week: "Pippin was bruised and torn, his aching head was grated by the filthy jowl and hairy ear of the Orc that held him. Immediately in front were … Continue reading Quote of the Week
I've been collecting quotes from books for years now and figure it's high time I put them to use. So here is the quote of the week: "If you look down and are not frightened of heights (the Society for the Preservation of This and That have put up some excellent railings to preserve you … Continue reading Quote of the Week
My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary … Continue reading A to Z 2017: Description, Anyone?
My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary … Continue reading A to Z 2017: Crafting a World
As part of the ongoing Flashback Friday series, here is a post that was originally published in May 2014 George R. R. Martin, the author of the novels on which the “Game of Thrones” television series is based, fielded some questions via email regarding why he included sexual violence in his works. He stated that his philosophy … Continue reading Violence in Books: Do We Need the Details?
People have been telling a form of fantasy stories for as long storytelling has existed. Even when the hearers or readers believed them, tales of the gods, of floods and warriors with superhuman powers still had strong fantastic elements. Yet not every fantasy has lasting power, where it gets passed down from one generation to the next. … Continue reading The Three Elements of a Memorable Fantasy Story
Well, is later than I planned, but it is still the 30th of October, (PST), so I'm going to finish my posts for "Characters in Costume." And next blogfest, I won't arrange a birthday party for one of the days of the event. 🙂 We looked at the minimalist and medium approaches to describing s … Continue reading Describing a Memorable Character: Miss Havisham
Yesterday we discussed how a memorable character need not be described in more than a few phrases to stick in our mind (as seen in Jane Austen's minimalistic approach in describing Elizabeth Bennet). When an author uses this approach, we may not know the character's hair color, their overall height or appearance, but a feature … Continue reading Describing Memorable Characters: Anna Karenina
When writing a book, but particularly when writing fantasy, authors seem to run into the problem of too much details. They describe the life out of a scene, creating paragraphs of concrete details about what a place sounds like, smells like, tastes like, until the plot is put to one side and we are invited … Continue reading The Power of Analogy
For the very last post of the A-Z challenge, I wanted to write about narration. As authors, we have a number of options where narration is concerned, but the most common are omniscient narration, where an all-knowing narrator tells the story and can thus include the perspectives and feelings of a number of characters, or … Continue reading Zigzag Narratives #atozchallenge #writing