• Creating Magic Systems,  Writing Tips

    20 Tips for Writing Magic Systems

    So, you know you want to write a story with magic in it, but you want to come up with something new. Where do you start? The possibilities are practically endless. Below I have compiled a list of questions you can ask yourself to get started and then a few ideas for the basis of a magic system. You can also check out my other articles on this topic in the section Creating Magic Systems. Some general questions: 1) The most important thing for you to decide about your magic system is what the cost is for the users. (I wish I could take credit for this but I got…

  • Bequest A Short Story by Ezra Quill
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    Bequest

    This story is long overdue. The inspiration for this one came from the article on the discovery of the Ottoman tomb. My original plan proved …inadequate and I had to start over. Not completely, I still used the elements I set out in that article, but the plot I had in mind needed some major tweaking. So here is the story I promised all those weeks ago. Hopefully, my next one won’t be so long in coming. Enjoy! Bequest Silvaria flew into the tent, her amethyst and gold robes fluttering around her. The room was tinted by the sun filtering though the orange fabric. The table full of gleaming instruments…

  • 10 Writing Prompts from Norse Mythology
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    10 Writing Prompts from Norse Mythology

    Here we are again looking to ancient mythology to inspire stories. If you are into this sort of thing, I have two other posts you might like about Greek Myths and Irish Myths. This one was fun to do. Norse mythology is popular right now thanks to Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology and the new God of War game. For a more thorough reading of the stories I encourage you to check out Gaiman’s book. He his a wonderful storyteller. For my purposes I used Norse-Mythology.org. They have good, concise retellings that are often followed by scholarly commentary. Below I have summed up ten myths and then given you prompts to…

  • 10 Ways to Add Depth to Your World Building
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    10 Ways to Add Depth to Your World Building

    World building is a daunting task and creating a culture for your fantasy or science fiction world can be complicated. Many culture traits are out in the open and easy to see, such as religion, fashion, and language. But there are many facets to culture and most of them are so ingrained that we don’t even realize they are there. If you can find subtle ways to incorporate these elements into your story, your world will feel more like a real place filled with real people. The trick is to make it seem natural not forced or listed. I discussed this problem with relation to Character Development as well. Combining…

  • 10 Writing Prompts from Irish Mythology
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    10 Writing Prompts from Irish Mythology

    This week’s prompts come from Irish mythology. This was quite a challenge for me than the post on Greek Myths as I knew basically nothing about it before I started. (NowI also have a list based on Norse Myths!) I used Wikipedia a lot and a helpful website called Bardmythologies.com. I encourage you to check this site out and read all of the myths, they are truly fascinating. Two books also came in handy during my research that I would like to highly recommend. One is The Book of Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland compiled by W. B. Yeats and the other is Heroic Landscapes: Irish Myth and Legend…

  • 20 Character Development Writing Prompts
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    20 Character Development Writing Prompts (Part I)

    There are a great many lists out there of personality traits and favorite things and so on that you can use to invent a character. I have tried using some of them but they don’t usually end up being that helpful. Knowing your character’s favorite color or food doesn’t often play into your story. And labeling him/her as surly, intelligent, and afraid of heights may or may not mean anything when it comes to creating character arcs and plot points. These are somehow specific and too general at the same time. Furthermore, many of them aren’t relevant or need tweaking when writing fantasy and science fiction stories. A method that…

  • 20 Writing Prompts from Scientist Quotes
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    20 Writing Prompts from Scientist Quotes

    Scientists say some pretty amazing things. Whether they are talking about science or not, they have a special way of looking at the world and communicating their ideas to others. Next time you set out to write a story, try using one of these scientist quotes as your prompt. I hadn’t been aware that there were doors closed to me until I started knocking on them. Gertrude B. Elion   The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Carl Sagan   It is not only the living who are killed in war. Isaac Asimov   We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in…

  • 20 Writing Prompts to Beat Writer's Block
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    20 Writing Prompts to Beat Writer’s Block

      Writer’s block hits us all at some point. It can seem impossible to move forward and throwing out the project and starting over often feels like the only logical solution. But sometimes all you need is a little prodding, someone to ask questions that get the wheels turning again. Below are 20 writing prompts to beat writer’s block.   1) What is something your character doesn’t know about  character but should? How would this information change their actions? 2) What is something your character has never done before and might consider trying? 3) What is the last thing you want your character to do now? What if s/he did…

  • 10 Writing Prompts from Greek Mythology
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    10 Writing Prompts from Greek Mythology

    Not sure what you want to write your next story about? Need some inspiration to add life to a current project? Ever thought about using writing prompts from Greek mythology? Storytelling has been around since there have been people with language. Humans need to experience their world through stories and through connections to others. These are stories that have been around for thousands of years, which means there is something compelling about them. Getting your writing inspiration from Greek Mythology can be a fun way to revitalize your own storytelling methods. The Greeks had some pretty amazing stories. Even Shakespeare was influenced by Greek mythology. Romeo and Juliet is an…

  • Inspiration

    A Lost Tomb Makes Magical Writing Inspiration

    Welcome to another writing inspiration post. I hope you enjoyed last week’s inspiration and story. That may have been the hardest story I’ve ever written. And I’ll be honest, there are still things about it I would like to change. This is why I started this blog, to make sure that I keep deadlines and get the work done. Then do more work! I’ll get better with practice. Maybe I’ll get inspired to make another horror-ish story at some point, but probably not too soon. In any case, I am excited about the writing inspiration and story for this week. I got some fun ideas while reading and can’t wait…