Category Archives: World Building

Magic Systems 101: Pt. 5 Create Your Own Magic System

This is the fifth and final part to the Magic Systems 101 presentation notes. The original presentation was given at the Eagle Mountain Arts Alliance Writer’s Conference held on Sept 9th, 2017. Want to read the rest of the series? … Continue reading

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Magic Systems 101: Pt. 4 “Literary Magic Systems”

This post is a continuation of a presentation originally given at the Eagle Mountain Writer’s Conference held on Sept 9th, 2017. Don’t miss the other parts of the series: Pt. 1 – Why Write Good Magic? Pt. 2 – Hard … Continue reading

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Writer’s Toolbox: Observation Notebook

When it comes to great ideas, many of us fall in to the, “this is so great, how can I forget it?” problem. Then we forget before we can apply the idea to our project, or jot it down somewhere. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Eating your Words – Using Taste to Further Your Fiction

Once upon a time we had a discussion about the use of smell in fiction and how it can evoke an emotional response.  Today we are going to tackle another sense that is easy to forget, taste. Taste is another … Continue reading

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Know Thy Stuff – Why Research is Important

Has this happened to you? You are reading a book and starting to enjoy the story.  Part of the reason you chose this book is that it includes a subject that you are especially interested in.  The further you read … Continue reading

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Take Your Characters Somewhere Interesting

One of the larger drawbacks about writing fantasy is that the settings must be created.  Unless you are writing historical fantasy or  steampunk, the places where your story unfolds simply do not exist in the real world.  While this opens … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise: Devil is in the Details

We all as writers know the importance of finding clear, concrete details to use in our writing.  Or at least we should.  Chances are if you are any bit like me your first draft tends to focus on plotting and … Continue reading

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Ferengi Rules of Acquisition and Fiction Writing

If you follow Star Trek, the phrase “Rules of Acquisition” is likely to mean something.  For those who don’t, here is a short crash course. Among the race of beings called Ferengi, trade and profit are a way of life.  … Continue reading

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Is there such thing as a New Idea in fiction?

One of the greatest challenges that writers face is coming up with new and fresh ideas for stories.  It is a struggle to search for something revolutionary to introduce to the world.  When that new idea is found it is … Continue reading

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Discussion: Real vs. Imaginary Settings

After creating characters and piecing together a great story, the next important step is creating a believable setting.  Since I usually work in fantasy, I’ve never had to face the problem of using a real setting versus a created one.  … Continue reading

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