Trope Me This: The Hidden Princess

This can be kind of a fun trope, actually. Just imagine. Hero receives The Call To Adventure, but since Hero is just ordinary Citizen X of city/town/kingdom/realm, Hero doesn't believe in herself, BUT just at the right moment, Hero discovers an ancient lineage that turns her into royalty and the next Queen or Whatever-High-Ruling-Rank, and … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Hidden Princess

Guest Post: Crystal M M Burton – 6 tips for writing a fantasy short story

I'm super excited to have Crystal back on here helping us out with writing some fantasy short stories! Great info below. I'm feeling inspired already!    A short story is, by definition, short. It is not a mini-novel and won’t have a lot of the intricacies that a novel has. You want to bring your … Continue reading Guest Post: Crystal M M Burton – 6 tips for writing a fantasy short story

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 14

Part 14 of my ongoing prompt-based serial story. To Part 1. ***The Light***   193: The light was hauntingly surreal.   Sasha whined and pawed at Allyandrah. She took a deep breath and stretched. Sasha barked, a high-pitched yap, and hopped off the bed. She barked again. “Okay, okay,” Allyandrah breathed. “I’m coming. Don’t pee … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 14

Trope Me This: The Wise, Old Mentor

Gandalf. Obi-Wan Kenobi. Zeddicus Zul'Zorander. Dumbledore. Old, white wizards who know more about the world than everyone else combined, BUT they're not very good at communication, are they? They are pretty secretive, it seems like they're using everyone else for their own benefit, and somewhere in there, they disappear for a long time or die … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Wise, Old Mentor

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 13

The continuing story of Allyandrah and Kru'Nah. To Part 1.   ***The Way Home***   208: You did everything right, but you’re still the villain.   In the warmth of the sleigh, Kru’Nah peeled off his outer layer and set it on the floor. He glanced around, seeing no obvious source of heat. He didn’t … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 13

Trope Me This: The Hero’s Journey

The Hero's Journey encompasses tales where a hero leaves home, encounters overwhelming opposition to completing some quest, wins a decisive victory, and then returns home a changed person. Think Odysseus. Or Frodo. Or Shea Ohmsford. I love this image above (which I found on wikipedia, no copyright, search Hero's Journey) that really nicely outlines the … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Hero’s Journey

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 12

Part 12 of my ongoing story. To Part 1.   ***Magic***   161: You can call it luck, but I know it’s magic.   Commander Tra’Khil had been leading the party for days into the increasing cold and snow of winter. “Apologies, sire, we had not planned on this particular course of action,” Tra’Khil said … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 12

Trope Me This: The Chosen One

Aragorn. Richard Rahl. Harry Potter. Katniss Everdeen. Bella Swan? (okay, okay, don't get so mad) What do all these people have in common? Yes, the title gives it away. They have all been chosen, in some manner or another, to avert or subvert the LOOMING DISASTER UPON ALL THINGS, but there's no real clear reason … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Chosen One

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 11

This is part 11 of my ongoing story. Go to Part 1.   ***Survival*** 180: I survived the cold.   A warm nose nudged Allyandrah’s cheek. Startling, she squirmed back and shook her head before opening her eyes. The sun glinted off the snow and she was surprised to still be alive, though her body … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 11

Trope Me This: Good vs. Evil

Tropes are everywhere, as I discussed in my last post. They can be very useful tools to build a world that readers can settle into easily, but they can also be crutches that leave your story totally crippled.  So, how does one use a trope effectively so that the story is enhanced?  I want to … Continue reading Trope Me This: Good vs. Evil