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

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

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

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

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

Pantsing Fantasy: An Intro

I've never been shy about sharing that I'm a pantser. That's how I write - totally by inspiration, almost never by planning (one time I was forced to. It was a contest. I didn't do well.). I don't plot. I don't know how I'm going to get from this scene to the next one or … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: An Intro

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 19

Part 1 Part 18 ***Mother*** 163: I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice. Kru’Nah steeled himself, setting his face into its royal mask. He must not be surprised. He must not act surprised. He must not show surprise. Or anything else, for that matter, but … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 19

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 18

Read Part 1 Read Part 17 ***Sight*** 206: You encounter a seer. They offer to peer into your future. Kru’Nah took a deep breath and blew it out. He knew that a cloud of breath must have formed, but the blackness was so enveloping, he couldn’t see it. “What else can I do?” he said … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 18

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 17

Read Part 1 Read Part 16 ***Moonlight*** 212: In the moonlight In the starlight They walked all night To see if everything was all right   Allyandrah woke to Grandfather shaking her lightly. “It’s just starting to get light. We need to move,” he whispered. Allyandrah nodded groggily. She stretched and sat up. He offered … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 17

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 16

Read Part 1 Read Part 15   ***Acceptance*** 213: Your character is trying to get their friend to accept something. The days passed slowly as Allyandrah and Grandfather made their way south. One of the nights, they sat around the fire, grasping their mugs of tea. “We need more food,” Grandfather said. “We must find … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 16