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Naming Stuff: Creatures and Peoples

This is my short worldbuilding series examining my approaches to naming aspects of my fantasy world. This, the third post, addresses creatures and peoples and is where I often indulge childhood fixations. Thus far in the series, Naming Stuff: Characters … Continue reading

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Naming Stuff: Glossary

I’m continuing my worldbuilding series covering my approaches to naming elements of my fantasy world. This, the second post, addresses special terms from my Ontyre glossary. I’m trying to minimize explaining magic and instead explain my approach to naming. Thus … Continue reading

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The Notorious Flashback

Given how I used to write, it’s strange to blog about the dangers and weaknesses associated with flashbacks. Back in the day, I was more than happy to spread them around willy-nilly. In the years that followed, I learned the … Continue reading

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The Expected Flipped on Its Head

I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m not drafting. Instead, I’m adapting it for editing. The last thing I need is to draft more books right now. I’ve also learned my lesson, that I dislike drafting when it’s hot. Except, it … Continue reading

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When Worldbuilding Spawns Gifts

This is another story about worldbuilding spawning an element I didn’t realize existed until years later. Like—oh, I don’t know—about twenty years later? It’s another reason I’m grateful for my own worldbuilding. I’m referring to mysquanmic volcanism. It came about … Continue reading

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Refreshing Prose When Editing

I’m currently performing a self-edit of Protecting the Pneuma Key, but an edit with a difference. To say I was nervous, that I worried my new approach would accomplish little, was an understatement. The good news is, it’s going better … Continue reading

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Editor Brain Breakthrough

Many memorable moments make up my writing journey. One of the most important occurred Tuesday morning before drafting this blog (good gosh, what is it about Tuesdays?). I’ve always appreciated the magic editing adds to an existing story, but detailed … Continue reading

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Sketching a Functional City Map for Orientation and Reference

The city map. I can’t believe I’ve never focused on this topic before because the city map, or any one for a small area, is probably the most useful. World maps are glorious and epic, but for the writer, theres’ … Continue reading

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After NaNo – Interviewing ME About “Editing Transition”

ME: Today, everyone, I’m interviewing Christina Anne Hawthorne, the most renowned writer that no one has ever heard of. Welcome, Christina. ME2: Thank you for having me—even though this looks exactly like where I’ve been for the last eight months. … Continue reading

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Make A Map for NaNoWriMo

Another year. Another NaNoWriMo. Another pitch urging writers to pen their fantasy novels with a map as an aid. Yes, here I go again talking about maps. Actually, to be more specific, your fantasy map. Your story takes on a … Continue reading

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