Category: Meandering Musings

Mea Culpa

So, I wanted to make a blog about why I write. But I realized you needed me to be more candid about my identity before you could understand both how this affects, and how it doesn’t affect, my writing. I’m a Christian. More specifically, I’m a devout Christian that...
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Music Playlist for Writing in Fantasy

While I listen to plenty of background music when writing (I have a Pandora station with hundreds if not thousands of songs liked), the following are the ones that I purchased on iTunes so I could loop them over and over. After all, artists draw inspiration for their medium...
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Self Publishing VS Traditional: Pros/Cons

The first thing to consider when you are choosing to self-publish or not is your genre. That’s because publishers are first and foremost interested in making money. They’ll turn away a brilliant novel that won’t sell, and they bought the rights to 50 Shades of Grey after it became...
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The Problem with the Concept of a “Children’s Story”.

I have just finished reading Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper for the first time. I loved every minute of it. Never mind that it is a “children’s story.” As CS Lewis noted, “When I was ten I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed...
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Follow Your Character’s Path Over Your Outline’s

As someone who wrote multiple short stories, I had a huge learning curve when it came to my first novel. Last week, I wrote about the need to make sure you have a key component of your world set up before you write that amazing Fantasy novel. This week,...
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Creating a Magic System for Your Fantasy World

It’s a forgone conclusion that if you’re going to create your own Fantasy world, you are going to have some form of magic. Like Samwise Gamgee, we long to see the beautiful and strange; it’s a huge lure that draws us to these fantastic worlds. But you must also...
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Tying Everything Up in a Bow:
The Challenge of a Good Denouement

The denouement is the second most challenging part of the plot to write – occasionally maybe even surpassing what is typically the most challenging part: a well-earned climax. Basically, you have two seemingly conflicting goals. You must: A) Wrap up the remaining storylines in an engaging and satisfying manner....
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Live – Then Write

Does Art imitate Life or does Life imitate Art? Like Yin and Yang or Twin Serpents eating each other’s tails, literature and life share an ambiguous push/pull relationship. But, interestingly, society seems to have this idea that all writers are recluses who shun the world. A mystical figure that...
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