Category: Writing Tips

Tips and advise for those wanting to become good storytellers.

New Video Blog- What It Takes To Write An Epic Story

Hey there, trying to get more into making some blogs, so here for your sacrificial dead-bird day, is one on what it takes to craft one of those multi-book epic stories.  You know, like Maldene… or some others of mine you’ve all yet to see.  Okay, enough; I’ll let the guy in the tee-shirt do …

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Writing Tips: Elements Of A Great Story

Many writers have their particular strong points. Some are good at crafting a great plot, but are rather basic when it comes to the flow of the words. Others can make the characters come alive but couldn’t dream up a nail-biting plot if their lives depended on it. Still others may be able to craft …

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Writing Tips: Emotion In Your Writing

Ever read a book that just got to you so much you found yourself crying or laughing, or cheering? Of course. Now, as a writer have you ever felt an emotion as you were typing up the scene? What did you do, use it or waste it? A lot of writers might decide to take …

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Writing Tips: The Four Elements

Sometimes writing a good story can be a little bit like alchemy. You need the right mix of things to churn out a truly great story. But what are those basic ingredients? Well, like for the alchemists of old there are four basic elements that every story needs. Descriptive Prose. Dialogue. Character Development. Plot. Descriptive …

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What Makes a Good Writer

A question that has been asked since about the time people first began to write. What is it that makes a good writer? A good author? What is that magic formula that sets great authors apart from everybody else. It may not be as complicated an equation as you think. There are three basic elements …

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Characters of Maldene: Lindel

One of the secondary characters in our main group is an elf named Lindel. With the bow he is unsurpassed, able to hit just about anything that he can see. That would be normal enough for a fantasy world elven archer on steroids, but Maldene has a bit of the real world in it. Like …

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Writing Tips: Eccentric Characters

Every story has them, or at least every GOOD story has them. That one eccentric character with the quirk or odd way of behaving that draws him out to the reader’s eyes. A character that adds flavor and some fun to the telling of the tale. The eccentric character. First let’s clear something up. Eccentric …

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Writing Tips: What Is The Right Length For A Story

A question that has come up in many discussion groups is, how long should a story be? Some stories barely breach the definition of a novel at 80,000 words while others could challenge Harry Potter for sheer heft. So then, what Is the right length? The short answer is that a story is only as …

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Writing Tips: Multiple POVs in an Epic Story

Writing an epic story takes a lot of planning, and by epic I’m talking something that spans multiple novels, has scenes that take place all over the world in question (or even on multiple worlds, where applicable), and has more than one major event taking place at the same time. Telling such a story requires …

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What Defines Epic Fantasy

Recently I saw a discussion online asking what makes Epic Fantasy. Of course I posted my onw opinion- being the author of something that is easily considered epic in scope- and one or two of the responses seemed a bit… limiting. One answer was along the lines of basing Epic Fantasy very strictly on Tolkein, …

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