Daredevil – TV Series Review
 

Daredevil

TV Series Review

 
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
 

The Perilous Sea

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Worldbuilding: Creating Bestiaries and Fantastic Monsters
 

Creating Bestiaries and Fantastic Monsters

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Worldbuilding: Creating Bestiaries and Fantastic Monsters

Worldbuilding: Creating Bestiaries and Fantastic Monsters 

A well-defined bestiary is a must for every fantasy world, unless the creator plans to stick to mundane animals identical to realistic fauna, or there are no animals or creatures at all. In any fantasy world, it is perfectly acceptable to have mundane animals; it actually helps make a world relatable and provides perspective. But […]

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10 Reasons to Workshop

10 Reasons to Workshop 

People learn to write in many different ways, some by reading masterpieces, some by going to classes, some just pick up a pen and get on with it. You can find all manner of resources designed to help teach the craft of writing, there are guidebooks, websites, courses and much more. But of all the […]

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Arsenic and Old Leaves: The Art of Poisoning Your Fantasy Characters – Part 1

Arsenic and Old Leaves: The Art of Poisoning Your Fantasy Characters – Part 1 

So, you’re contemplating murder. Er, that is, your character is contemplating murder. Effective modes of death and all that. Bloodless versus bloodbath, public duel versus private confrontation, “accident” versus spontaneous sword through the gut. That’s all well and good, sure…but have you considered poison? In the Middle Ages, poison was a highly popular means of […]

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Attending Your First Convention As An Unpublished Writer

Attending Your First Convention As An Unpublished Writer 

So there comes a time early in every writer’s career when you make a very serious decision. You’ve been writing as a hobby for years, you enjoy it and your head is literally bursting with ideas for all the various stories you want to write. You’ve developed as a writer, either you or friends have […]

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Writing Fight Scenes

Writing Fight Scenes 

Writing fight scenes is often an important task for a fantasy author. Some writers find they come naturally. Others find them daunting, and can’t think of anything worse. Whichever category you fall into, it’s an important skill to master because audiences love to read them. Here are some techniques that I’ve learned over the years […]

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Rhythm and Time – Part 1: Give Your Writing a Beat of Its Own

Rhythm and Time – Part 1: Give Your Writing a Beat of Its Own 

I took seven years of piano lessons growing up. I have a terrible ear, and I never practiced enough to become technically adept, but I was always pretty good at sight-reading and keeping time. My sense of meter and rhyme is pretty instinctive when it comes to music. Like music, writing has meter and timing […]

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Reading Like A Writer: Why to do It, How to do It, and Why I Often Fail at It

Reading Like A Writer: Why to do It, How to do It, and Why I Often Fail at It 

In podcasts and interviews, I often hear authors lamenting the fact that due to deadlines and publicity efforts, they don’t get to read as much as they used to. Even worse, when they do get to have time to read, they often can’t simply read for pleasure. Oh, sure, they can enjoy a book immensely, […]

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Militaries and Fantasy or How to Build an Army

Militaries and Fantasy or How to Build an Army 

Author’s Note: I did my best to refrain from using military and army interchangeably in this article. To clarify a bit, by army I mean one specific body of fighters. By military I mean a country or warlord’s fighting force as a whole. Military history is a bear. Humans have been fighting each other longer […]

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Story Openings

Story Openings 

The blank page faces you, whether it’s the page in your hand or the one on the screen, the question is always the same – how do you begin? Do you want to set the scene with a sweeping landscape, or launch into the action with a gunfight or duel? Will you ease the reader […]

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So What’s The Fuss About Evernote?

So What’s The Fuss About Evernote? 

Writers are always being reminded that inspiration can strike at any time. It could be during the bustle of a busy work day or in the middle of night. And just like dreams, ideas can quickly fade to a distant memory if they’re not recorded. As a result, writers are advised that they should keep […]

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Symbols: A Vital Worldbuilding Tool

Symbols: A Vital Worldbuilding Tool 

A few days before writing this post, an old acquaintance reached out to me by text to wish me a happy new year. I texted her back, asking how her year has been so far. She replied with a poop emoticon. And I understood immediately. My acquaintance was able to answer my question with sentiment […]

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What Makes a Good Badass?

What Makes a Good Badass? 

Everyone loves a good badass, and, let’s admit it, our genre is full of them! But what makes a successful badass and how do they fit into our stories? Well, first off, it’s worth noting that this is going to be an extremely subjective article, as what works for one reader will never work for […]

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