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  • Writing Ranting – Magic Makes a Story

    Writing Ranting – Magic Makes a Story

    Magic systems are more than just world building in fantasy fiction. As a writer, you make the rules and can use your magic system as part of the plot. Here are things to consider for your magic system when planning your story… Create a challenge for your characters like newly discovered magic, opening a magical room, translating […]

  • Writing Update- The Fourth Wall Series.

    Writing Update- The Fourth Wall Series.

    Oops. I meant to give this one last check yesterday before posting it, since I post my writing ranting on Wednesdays. This week has been a bit weird with final prep for summer camp at work and family health stuff getting to me. Actually, this is perfect way to introduce todays post because it’s something […]

  • Writing Ranting – How Realistic Are Your Characters? Part 1

    Writing Ranting – How Realistic Are Your Characters? Part 1

    I recently saw a few TikTok posts from the same account about portraying body size and characters of colour in books and related character art. I genuinely appreciated her pointing this out since I have mixed race characters and some who are plus sized. I’ve included a couple of her videos at the bottom. My […]

  • Writing Ranting – Helping Other Writers! Part 2

    Writing Ranting – Helping Other Writers! Part 2

    Writing may come naturally in some ways, but not necessarily in others. One writer might have the ideas for a fun story with a good structure. Another might have a knack for writing dialogue, while another is better at scene-setting or world-building. These are just a few aspects that make a good story.  Working with […]

  • Writing and Reading Ranting – Don’t Feel Bad I’ve Not Having Enough Time!

    Writing and Reading Ranting – Don’t Feel Bad I’ve Not Having Enough Time!

    Lately life has been getting to me, and I haven’t had much time or brainpower to write or read. It happens to all of us. I meant to post this yesterday but forgot.  Instead of huffing and getting frustrated about it, I’ve focussed on short posts for my writing blog which I’ve hashed out while […]

  • Writing and Reading Ranting – What’s the Point if You Don’t Follow Through?

    Writing and Reading Ranting – What’s the Point if You Don’t Follow Through?

    A writing and reading rant today since this both annoyed me as a reader but made me think about how I could avoid this as a writer.  I’m going to start off vague so as not to spoil a recently released best-selling fantasy series. I recently saw a video review of a widely-wanted scene from […]

  • The Dragon’s Ring by Fil Reid – Out Today!

    The Dragon’s Ring by Fil Reid – Out Today!

    I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of my writing buddy’s debut novel. Check her out on www.filreid.com or find the book on Amazon UK or Amazon US. Or click on the Amazon link via Goodreads and it should take you to your country’s Amazon.  This time-travelling Arthurian fantasy was a fun ride […]

  • All Alone!

    All Alone!

    Characters might spend time alone, either before or after significant events. Preparing and processing is important for character motivation and consequential actions. It can also keep throughs out of busy scenes where it might distract from the moment. Here are a few things I like when reading or writing characters on their own.  Keep it […]

  • Random Update!

    Random Update!

    Don’t forget to check out my Reading Ranting for thoughts on reading and book reviews. Feel free to ask about my Writing Ranting Discord group @lovefantasy#0367. Follow me on Instagram and TikTok. Writing is going really well. I rewrote the intro the Out of Ashes, which is now with a couple of writing friends for […]

  • Writing a Series!

    Writing a Series!

    Writing a series can boggle a writer’s mind before you get things figured out. If you plan to write multiple standalones with overlapping characters and world-building, then you have more freedom with plots. But if you plan for your series to be one massive story with shorter installments in each book, then you need to […]