Rewrite 3: Finding a Common Thread

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Recently, I went to an event with the amazing Victor LaValle and we talked about the course in introductory novel writing that he teaches. What stuck out to me was that he said that many beginner writers lack focus in this work. There’s an . And I realized that that was totally true about my work during the first draft, way back in college when my writing was actual trash.

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On Blood Magic

blood magic title cardI’ve just finished playing Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II and reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Both books tackle the idea of having blood magic, which gives me food for thought as I develop the seven main magical systems in my work.

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The Weather Outside is Frightful: Writing Weather

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Where I am in my story, weather doesn’t play a huge factor. I use phrases like “biting cold,” “oppressive humidity,” and “sunny” to get an atmosphere going. After this weekend’s Winter Storm Jonas, it gave me fuel for thought as my characters do more traveling as the tale goes. Here are some tips for navigating the weather of your realm.

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Deleting Chapter 1

deleting chapter 1Back to the editing board. This time, my book is on a diet to shed some excess words. And it’s working! I got rid of 8,000 so far and the plot hasn’t changed yet. I have, however, gotten to the point where some chapters just have to go. And the first one I got rid of was chapter 1. It came down to one thing.

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Giving Thanks: How to Write Holidays

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

When I build a world, I think about all the minutiae that go into it. Do they celebrate Thanksgiving? Would they celebrate Christmas? Should they have a day of dressing up like Thanksgiving? Or is their Halloween the somber All Hallow’s Eve of days old? Here’s are some things you want to consider for developing a culture’s holy days.

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