Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

"Look at this place, isn't it neat. Wouldn't you think... ...a great fantasy story could happen here?" Okay, okay, maybe I fudged on the lyrics a little bit. But really, have you ever found yourself totally enamored with an idea of a world, but you don't have anything else figured out? Someone once told me … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

What I’m Reading: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

What this book is about:  Black Beauty is the story of a horse as it lives out its life in late part of 1800s in and around London. Black Beauty finds himself changing many hands over the course of his life and shares the ups and downs of horse life at the hands of good … Continue reading What I’m Reading: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Conflict. The tension. The driver. The REASON for the story. But what if that's all you have? You know that you need some characters and they need to live somewhere, but all you can think about is "It would be so cool if... [insert awesome conflict here]". You're right. It WOULD be so cool, which … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Book Review: Rule of One by Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders

What this book is about:  Mira and Ava Goodwin are twins born in the near-future United States in this dystopian future sci-fi novel. However, the U.S. has strictly adopted a One Child law and their father is the director of the department that enforces this law. The girls spend their entire lives pretending to be … Continue reading Book Review: Rule of One by Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 21

***Wet as Rain***   215: Black as night; wet as rain. This last memory will always remain.   Kru’Nah climbed the steps to the stage. His boots scraped against the fresh wood. His fingers flexed against the rigid covers of the Writings. He knelt and set the book gently against the back of the stage. … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 21

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Character

Hey! Thanks for joining me for the next section of Pantsing Fantasy. Today, I want to dig into characters a bit. Characters are the reason anyone gives a crap about your book. If your readers don't feel connected or invested in your characters, it's going to be hard for them to enjoy the book and … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Character

What I’m Reading: Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger

What this book is about:  27-year-old NYC resident Bette Robinson spontaneously quits a job she hates, and through some family connections lands a job in a new PR/events planning firm. She goes from hating her 9-5 (or 6 or 7) life to being completely overwhelmed by this new all day (and sometimes going far into … Continue reading What I’m Reading: Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Plot

These blog post titles are SO boring, aren't they? Oh well, I've always been function over fashion anyway. For a few weeks, I want to dive into how to generate or shape basic ideas into stories in a way that doesn't involve outlines or planning or any sort of additional forethought. Just sitting down and … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Plot

What I’m Reading: A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielson

What this book is about:  Gerta, a 12-year-old living in East Berlin after the war, wakes up one morning to discover the Berlin wall has been erected overnight. Her father and brother are on the other side of the wall, leaving her with her oldest brother and mother. What I liked:  The story eventually really … Continue reading What I’m Reading: A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielson

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 20

Part 1 Part 19 ***Duality*** 205: There are two kinds of people in the world. It took nearly an hour before Tra’Khil and his men returned with all 50 of the priests of the Guardians. No more than fifty. No less than fifty. For thousands of years. Several of the priests gasped and others backpedaled … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 20