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Benefits of Using a Wiki for a Series

Today, we’re going to talk about the benefits of a wiki when writing a book series. For those that don’t know what a wiki is, it’s like an online encyclopedia. You can use it to build out your world and characters is an easy-to-use format. Check out the wikipedia for Game of Thrones as an example of how it can...

Good Versus Good Makes an Interesting Read

When you’re getting ready to write a story, you might be wondering how to set up your protagonist against your antagonist. You might be thinking that your antagonist is purely evil and your main hero is purely good. Sometimes, though, good versus good can make just as interesting of a read. Sympathetic Villains Writing an antagonist doesn’t mean they have...

Dreams – Counterparts, Part I

Kiran Aldrich opened his eyes and looked around. The place he saw looked like home, but he knew it wasn’t. There wasn’t enough light. Everything was overcast, and shadows licked the buildings near where he stood. He took a hesitant step forward and then glanced down at his hands.

Outlining Your Novel: Four Steps

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a hundred ideas for novels in your head at any given time. You’ve thought about plots, you’ve listened to your characters, and you’ve brainstormed conflict and resolutions. Yet, you still haven’t sat down to write. Perhaps you should consider outlining your novel. There’s a lot of debate out there about whether outlining...

The Ring

I remember a bag being stuck over my head as I was led barefoot out of the building and into the ring. I had seen the ring before, of course. It was large and spacious and could sit thousands. There were at least that many there that day, all gathered together. All gathered for me. The bag was itchy. That...

Writing a Series: The Pros and Cons

All my life, I’ve wanted to write an epic fantasy series. So one day, I decided to do just that. I brainstormed a plot, I developed the characters, and I set out with a lot of excitement and a little bit of fear. Eight years later, I finally completed my six-book Cartharia series. Wow, what a ride! Now that I’m...

The Child – Hero, Part II

“Perhaps,” Marcus said. She turned to Breanna, “Get me a horse.” “You can’t be thinking of going out there?” Marcus said. “Why not?” “It could be a trap,” Marcus said. “It could be,” Phaera said. “It matters little. If there’s a child hurt, I have to investigate.” “Then send someone else,” Marcus said. “Send men to do a job that...