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All About Portals

Posted by mmiles at Aug 11, 2016 1:30 am in , ,

by Michelle Miles  I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about portals. There is something incredibly wonderful and awe inspiring about them, isn’t there? The dictionary defines a portal as “a doorway, gate or other entrance, especially a large and elaborate one.” But I like to think there is more to it than just […]

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A Portal Doesn’t always Have To Be A Door

Posted by Veronica Scott at Aug 4, 2016 1:30 am in , ,

By Veronica Scott I first discovered the idea of a portal to another world in Andre Norton’s Witch World. The hero, Simon Tregarth, is on the run and desperate when he’s offered a chance to try the Siege Perilous, which legend says is a vacant seat at the Round Table, kept by Merlin for the […]

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Best Advice Ever by Shannon Donnelly

Posted by sdonnelly at Jun 23, 2016 1:30 am in , , , ,

  Advice is one of those things that we all really need at times, but it’s not always welcome…or fun to get. It’s like that saying—the truth will set you free (but first it’s going to piss you off). That’s what good advice does. It hits home and stays like an arrow in your heart. […]

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Elementals – Forces of Nature by Rebekah A. Ganiere

Posted by VampWereZombie at Apr 14, 2016 1:30 am in , , ,

There are so many different paranormal creatures to write about today. Vampires, Shifters, Dragons, Fae, Wizards, Mermaids, Unicorns, you name it. And many of them are very steeped in their connection to nature. But none are more connected to nature than those that are made completely of nature itself. Fae and druids are known for […]

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WORLD BUILDING THROUGH CHARACTERIZATION

Posted by Rebecca Zanetti at Oct 12, 2015 7:35 am in , , ,

by Rebecca Zanetti As authors, sometimes we’re so organized we miss the boat.  We might have our worlds all prepared, and all of our characters developed, but we forget that the world impacts the characters, and more importantly, the way the characters see the world around them reveals not only the world but more about […]

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A World in a Single Frame by Fiona Jayde

Posted by Guest at Oct 8, 2015 1:36 am in , , ,

Before I was a cover designer, I was a writer. My spelling sucked, and my editors looooved all the head hopping, but I remember the sheer joy of world building. Really, it was just a way not to do research- why look something up when I can make it up? The details, the descriptions, the […]

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A Writer’s Best Friend, The Critique Group 

Posted by Guest at Aug 17, 2015 1:42 am in , ,

by Jami Gray Let me just start out by saying, I’m a HUGE advocate of critique groups.  If there was one small gem I could share with any writer it would be: Go forth and become part of a critique group. I can hear the moans and groans now.  “I’ve already tried, but…” and the […]

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Dancing with Wolves by Terry Spear

Posted by Guest at Jun 4, 2015 1:25 am in , , , , , ,

    Okay, we really didn’t dance with wolves, but while talking about wolves at the International Wolf Center on my Facebook page that I had visited last year in Ely, MN, a man who works with wolves at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary contacted me about coming out and seeing theirs. Ironically, my co-worker at […]

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Trilogy Triage 101 by PJ Sharon

Posted by Guest at Dec 15, 2014 1:14 am in , , , ,

Thanks so much for inviting me to share your cyber-space today. As I continue to observe the writing and publishing industry, I see that series books seem to be the way to go. “Series sell” say agents and editors. And why wouldn’t they? Readers grow attached to characters and familiar settings, and let’s face it, […]

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SHOW AND TELL TIPS

Posted by sdonnelly at Oct 20, 2014 1:42 am in , ,

by Shannon Donnelly  I’m teaching my Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop this November for FF&P, and it always seems to start with confusion over what’s showing and what’s telling. The confusion is understandable—both showing and telling the reader requires description. But there are some easy tips to help you understand these two techniques. TIPS […]

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