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Writers' Corner / Re: A question of motivation
« on: April 30, 2017, 01:32:31 PM »
The motivation can also be destructive. The person may be suffering from grief or seek revenge. They are morally good but have gone through something so traumatic that they decide to use any means to seek their perceived justice.
Consider that a person’s motivation often changes throughout a story. They can start with something selfish and change to a more benevolent one. This serves to show growth in the character and may help them reach a level of internal peace.

Well in the real world the deadliest creatures against humans are bacteria and viruses. A species that can intentionally infect another with a virus made from itself. The virus then either kills or turns the person into a member of the infecting species (of course any variation of outcome is possible); A species that can enter human thoughts and change some aspect of our behaviour or consciousness; Something that can take gaseous form and fill a person's lungs- they could be poisonous or simply suffocate; A being that can change their appearance.

Writers' Corner / Re: Book titles
« on: March 12, 2017, 07:21:15 PM »
It creates incentive to have some type of unique quality to your title- your own land, unique character name, new species, etc. Using the same title could be used to make more people aware of the title or people find your book by accident. It would be prudent to make sure any books with the same or similar titles to what you want wouldn't bring with it negative connotation along.

Writers' Corner / Re: Name My Space Station! (No really)
« on: March 04, 2017, 10:52:34 PM »
What you can consider is giving the Station a name and then give each attraction in the station, the bar, restaurant, sport facility, casino, hospital, etc. a name as well. Possible names to use for various places could also be from the actors and actresses who played characters of significance. For the station itself my first thought was Dark Helmet. You could even make the station have the same shape.

Writers' Corner / Re: Book idea?
« on: February 12, 2017, 01:24:56 AM »
Does writing that story excite you?

Then write it.

Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. I read once that there are only a dozen different stories in existence, and every novel is a version of one or more of them. Revenge, romance, triumph, overcoming odds etc.

When you deconstruct them, every story has a familiar theme at its core. Because there are no new stories, there is just telling them in new ways.

So if scarred slave fighting for survival and vengeance blows your hair back, then that's what you write. It's supposed to be fun, after all.

Totally agree. Your blurb is basically the movie Gladiator...but, that's okay. You set it on a different planet and have aliens. Star Wars is simply a martial arts movie, except they travel though space and the samurai use laser swords instead of steel. Write for yourself. If others like the story too it's a bonus.

Writers' Corner / Re: How does one write a wizard duel?
« on: January 22, 2017, 12:44:06 PM »
I would start with- What is the goal of each of the characters? How far are they willing to go to achieve their goal? What happens in the grand scheme if either character loses?
For the actual fight- Can the characters perform magic directly on themselves or the other character? How does the environment play a role in the fight?

Writers' Corner / Re: What magic can and can't do
« on: December 18, 2016, 06:51:07 PM »
I'm not a fan of spells and the possibility to utter a few words to solve any problem. I do think their should be some cost to the magic. It could be simply loss of energy, meaning a person can become exhausted in a magic sense and must rest before using magic again. The payment could be more dramatic as in costing the opposite effect to someone or elsewhere, mental or physical harm or some other cost. The greater the magic used the greater the cost. Example saving someone on the brink of death may cost their own or someone else's life.

Writers' Corner / Re: The Appeal of YA: A Question
« on: December 18, 2016, 06:35:17 PM »
To me Y.A. and other categories are not describing the reader but the style of story. What I like about Young Adult novel is dealing with characters who have not yet fully discovered who they are, what they're capable of doing and they definitely don't have all the answers. Y.A. characters have to strike out on their own...in both meanings of the phrase. Strike out as in go on an adventure/take on a challenge with little adult involvement (at least at the beginning). They must also strike out, as in failing to accomplish some or all of their goal.

A mystery novel doesn't mean the people who read it are a mystery themselves. I do think their has been a trend lately to make more and more categories as people try to create a new niche for their own work. This can back fire if people have no way of knowing exactly what you mean or if your book is not listed in the same category as other books similar in style or tone, allowing readers to discover you as an author.

Writers' Corner / Re: The Hero's Journey
« on: December 18, 2016, 06:23:25 PM »
I would also say that all of those movies are about self-discovery for the main characters. Harry, Luke Neo, Peter, Frodo and Neo all have to learn the truth about themselves and their world. The all gain access to strength they had inside them all along. Most also acquire power that could be used for evil and its their prior inner strength, plus  a few wise words from an old friend Dumbledore, Obei-wan, Oracle, uncle Ben, Gandalf, Rafiki, that keeps them in the light.

Writers' Corner / Re: Do Your Characters Affect You?
« on: November 21, 2016, 01:44:20 AM »
For myself its more like I'm in my characters' way. They have a story to tell, adventures to go on and things to accomplish. they can get to it all if I get down to business and write. If I'm not putting a daily effort into my writing I feel like I'm letting them down. I do at times have them tell me I'm not getting their voice correct or expressing their opinion properly. This brings about an edit that makes me and them feel much better. It's funny how all these separate voices and personalities get into your head. I think its fine as long as you don't also see them on the bus or at the mall.

Writers' Corner / Re: Opinions on my new cover image
« on: November 06, 2016, 12:51:02 PM »
I would love to meet her. Has a great warrior princess feel. A combination of Daenerys Targaryen and Zealot from WILDCats (an old comic book). She looks highly capable and formidable. The only suggestion I have to consider is making the eyes a little brighter.

Fantasy Art / Fan Art / Re: Just fantasy art
« on: October 30, 2016, 01:06:34 AM »
Really tremendous work done by everyone. I may need to look here when the time comes to create my cover for my latest book.

Writers' Corner / Re: Magic Council
« on: October 16, 2016, 10:26:17 PM »
Typically counsels of any kind are based on either geographic regions or special knowledge or special skill. Your magic council could be composed of a high level mage from each region of your country/world. They could be selected as being the best/most powerful for each discipline of magic. They could even represent different organizations or families that teach and regulate the use of magic. It all depends on what fits your story.

Writers' Corner / Re: Uncommon Elements
« on: September 11, 2016, 12:54:34 AM »
You could create and place elements into triangular connections instead of the common opposites: light-ether- darkness, life-suspension-death, stone-metal-crystal. Plenty more could be made.

Writers' Corner / Re: Chapters: Named or Numbered
« on: September 04, 2016, 01:55:49 AM »
My current series is a Y.A. fantasy story. I use chapter numbers and names because it's what C.S. Lewis did in Chronicles of Narnia. In my next series It will be for an older audience and I will moist likely only use chapter numbers.

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