Category Archives: General Writing

Free Copies!

coverCheck it out!  To celebrate my books 2nd birthday, I’m giving away some copies.  See the link to the right for all the details!  (For my email subscribers, you have to go to the blog site.)  Go visit the Facebook page!  Like the give away post and you’re entered.

Thanks to everyone for all your support.

–j–

K is for Killing

I’ve missed a few days.  Sorry…

Today I want to say a few words about killing.  Specifically killing characters that readers like.

If you’re going to kill a character, you want it to have the maximum impact.  You don’t want to kill them for no reason, or you lose the effect.  The death of one of your main characters, if done right, should draw a strong emotional reaction in the reader.  Grief, of course.  Understanding.  Why did this character die?

Could it have been avoided?  The answer better be no.  The last thing you want is to kill someone in a contrived, unbelievable manner.  Rather than grieving the loss of a fictional friend, the reader will turn on you, considering you a murderer rather than story teller.

Hopefully this makes sense.  Leave your thoughts below!

–j–

 

B is for Backstory

Let’s talk about back story, shall we?

What is back story?  Back story is all that amazing, wonderful stuff that you thought up that happens to your characters before the story your telling.  It’s your characters childhood.  It’s the trauma they suffered before the reader meets them.  It’s the relationship with their parents.  All the things that make them who they are when they walk on stage.

Here’s the catch:  Back story doesn’t belong in the story.  Not directly anyway.  This is probably the hardest part.  You spend all those hours dreaming up and recording all these details of their lives, and then you don’t get to put them in the story.

That’s how it needs to be though.  Back story does nothing but slow down the *real* story.  The story of now.  The story you’re really telling.

Besides.  There are ways to cheat.  Start a blog.  Post the stories on your blog as extra content.  I’ve got a bunch of it here for The Priestess, the Protector.  Feel free to browse, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

–j–

A is for Adventure

Adventure!  It’s what fantasy stories are all about, right?  Swinging the sword.  Battling the dragon.  Saving the maiden in distress.

I’m sure I’m not alone in using my writing as a vehicle to live the adventures that I want to.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files.  Lindsay Buroker’s Emperor’s Edge series kept me up late because I couldn’t put it down. Continue reading A is for Adventure