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Commas…To Avoid Confusion

Commas…To Avoid Confusion 

In an effort to educate myself, I am taking a deeper, longer and more exhaustive look at commas. The most basic use for commas is to indicate a pause where you would take a breath when reading. Personally, I like commas and have been accused, rightly, of their overuse. This topic makes my brain melt. […]

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Something Is Wrong In Fantasy

Something Is Wrong In Fantasy 

Something is blurring the focus in Fantasy. Did that get your attention? Fantasy is great. There is nothing wrong with the genre, but as aspiring authors, we need to realize the responsibility we have in presenting “something” to our readers. “Something” covers a lot of area. If used without thought, this single word can distance […]

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Ready to Submit? Check again…

Ready to Submit? Check again… 

After taking on the job of editor and the task of assessing submissions, I am finding a disturbing number of unpolished manuscripts crossing my desk. Therefore, I hope you can help me list a few of the simple problems we, as authors, can ‘fix’ before we submit our work to an acquisition editor. When polishing […]

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Motivation and characterisation.

Motivation and characterisation. 

Welcome to 2012. During the holiday season I have been looking over my own manuscripts and delving into the motivation driving my characters. I believe as fantasy authors, we need realistic motivation to bring our characters to life. Of course, this meant looking further than my own understanding. I have discovered that psychologists believe an […]

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Seven Tips on Creating a Fantastic Fantasy Villain

Seven Tips on Creating a Fantastic Fantasy Villain 

After reading Amy Rose’s terrific article on Antihero-vs-Villain we can look deeper into what Fantasy authors might like to consider when crafting our bad guys. Tip I: The archetypical villain, dastardly and devious, comes from the pantomime stage. When writing Fantasy we need to look for an antagonist who will keep our readers hooked. The […]

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Colloquialisms

Colloquialisms 

When writing fantasy we are always looking for ways to bring color, culture and a unique perspective to the world we create. Although we try to avoid clichés, we can often change or use colloquialisms to add flavor to our writing. Down Under we have our own set of sayings that are common to our […]

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Commas…The Continuing Story

Commas…The Continuing Story 

You can read Part One, Commas…To Avoid Confusion, here. Commas. The story continues to unfold. In this second installment, we will take a quick look at how commas work with appositives, emphasizing adverbs, greetings, numerals, and last but not least, commas between dependent and independent clauses. Right, let’s get started. Appositives First it is necessary to […]

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Relax, it’s only Tense.

Relax, it’s only Tense. 

When the fantasy writer writes it is probably a good idea to have some idea of tense. There are some who claim to know of over thirty different tenses, though past, present, and future are the most common. Many are the same tense with a different name. I found a neat article on this subject […]

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The Case of the Capital in Fantasy

The Case of the Capital in Fantasy 

When going through the final edit of a galley, the tension mounts. This is the last opportunity to make changes, fix rogue quotation marks, commas and capitals. It is during the ‘line’ edit that most arguments occur about capitals. At least that is what I am finding. For fantasy writers, the names of races, countries, […]

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What’s in a Fantasy Name?

What’s in a Fantasy Name? 

Today I ask you to share some of your creative ideas. All authors have to give their characters names, whether they write romance, mystery, or fantasy. Fantasy authors have more fun than most authors, because we create unique worlds. One major part of worldbuilding is to create names for characters, creatures, landmarks, towns, and places […]

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Avoid Rejection: Five Ways to Polish Your Manuscript

Avoid Rejection: Five Ways to Polish Your Manuscript 

One: Let It Sit Like a vintage port, your writing can improve with maturity. Sounds odd and hardly proactive, but leaving your completed manuscript to sit for a while can help you see flaws in it later. While the ink is still drying, you are too involved with the characters and situations to look at […]

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Avoid Rejection – Editors’ Pet Peeves

Avoid Rejection – Editors’ Pet Peeves 

Hi, my name is Rosalie and I am the first to admit there is a lot about writing I don’t know. There is however, a lot I have learned about writing fantasy since I have been studying the topic for the last fifteen years. Experience has taught me a great deal, often the hard way. […]

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