Tag Archives: fiction

Conflict Via the Character Known as Setting

Describing setting is often a struggle for me, yet I recognize its importance as a character. That’s why, when I developed the island nation of Pannulus, I focused on worldbuilding that’d create worthy settings. There’s no finer example than Cape … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Writing Room: Avoidance

It wasn’t my conscious intention at the outset to draft the writing elephant in the room, but that was what I did. Case of the Deadly Stroll was, on the surface, a fantasy noir mystery. A layer down, it was … Continue reading

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Choosing a Backstory Course

I hold to the belief that each book is different and I must adapt, not the other way around. Time has reinforced that belief as it applies to all aspects of drafting and revising. For instance, and most important, the … Continue reading

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Not All Doubt is Created Equal

Typically, I have no idea what my topic will be the following week, life having a way of providing the topic. Tuesdays I draft, Wednesdays I edit and upload. This week I’m doing it all on Wednesday because on Tuesday … Continue reading

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The Character that Finds Defiance

Defiance, it’s on my mind because events in Ukraine are corresponding with my work on Book5, Torment Surfacing. Over the course of the novel, my persecuted protagonist needs to find defiance of her own. It made me more conscious of … Continue reading

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Keeping a Series Dynamic

The number of pitfalls when writing a novel become compounded when they’re a part of a series. It’s an ever-present danger while I work on The Kovenlore Chronicles, reinforced each time I read (or put down) a series. The adage … Continue reading

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My Battered Middle Novel

I’m almost to the midpoint of my full series edit where my primary focus is on continuity. The midpoint of the series means the middle book (Book4). My poor, overburdened middle book. All indications, though, point to it being up … Continue reading

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Confused in Plain Sight – It Happens

Who knows why we do the things we do sometimes. I’m no exception. Contradictions? As an INFJ personality type I’m full of them. On the one hand, I’ve been gloriously as prolific, created countless maps, and developed extensive worldbuilding. The … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding: Where My Interests Go To Thrive

So often it seems the blog posts I draft lead one to the next in a logical sequence. Kind of sounds like a book. This week is no exception. Last week I related my struggles and varied interests in school … Continue reading

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Alternative Learning, Alternative Doing

As I touched on last week, I’ve entered a new stage in my writing where learning more about editing and self-publishing are more the focus. For me, taking any step is a unique experience because I learn in a different … Continue reading

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