How to Write Powers in Fantasy

One of the things I most worried about, by far, was that writing the Magick in Ascendent would get repetitive. I’m sure we’ve all come across that, where the description of powers of any kind is drawn out, overly complicated, and repeated every few paragraphs. We won’t even get into the trope of the protagonist…

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Working Past a Debilitated Mars

Mars is the planet that lights a fire under our ass, figuratively speaking. The ruler of Aries and traditional ruler of Scorpio, it’s the planet that gives us our drive and our ambition. Which is why its exalted in Capricorn. Mars does well in a sign that is steady, thoughtful, and logical. This doesn’t do any…

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My Moon Makes Me Feel Like a Fraud, How About You?

The moon is our emotional nature. It’s what makes us tick and how reactive (or not) we are. Obviously, short of being a sociopath, its impossible to go through life without feeling emotion. And obviously, again, writing is highly emotional. Not only in the sense that we impart emotions onto our characters, but also our…

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Venus is Less Superficial than You Would Think

Venus is a benefic planet that rules over the two most sought-after things in life – love, and money. If you want to get technical, money and love since the second house is our possessions and what we value, while the seventh house is our relationships. Romantic ones, not platonic ones. Friendship is the eleventh…

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Harnessing Your Pluto as a Writer

Pluto, the keeper of all things hidden, indicates the darkest part of ourselves in a birth chart. The most painful parts. The parts we all wish didn’t exist. When you write, you, as a person not as a writer, inevitably seep into it. How you wish you were, how you wish you weren’t. All parts of…

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Finding Your Inspiration

Warning: This post is like to be rife with clichés! The archetype of the tortured artist exists for a reason because it seems that one can’t exist without the other. So, trust me when I say, it’s highly unlikely the torture your own mind puts you through while writing – or painting, or creating music,…

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Getting Writer’s Block (Because You Inevitably Will)

Writer’s block is as much a part of the writing process as self-doubt. (Which I’ll be talking about next). I’m not here to give you my opinion on why you have it or how easy it should be to get past it. I’m sure you get enough of that from people who aren’t writers. Which…

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The Pros and Cons of Not Planning Your Book

Planning your book. That is the most obvious and, purportedly, the most important first step when you sit down and write a novel. I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree, though I think JK Rowling can say it better: “I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For…

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Top 5 Songs That Inspired Ascendent Part 2

Here’s part two of my top 5 songs, this time for my deuteragonist Elias. 5.) Moon Song by Anthony Green Same as Work Song, this perfectly illustrates Elias at the beginning of the book.   4.) Noticed by MUTEMATH This is, admittedly, slightly ridiculous; but so is being in love for the first time.  …

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Top 5 Songs That Inspired Ascendent (Plus a Bonus Song!)

The current song count for the Ascendent playlist is 46; though, knowing me, that is likely to increase. However, I’ve decided to narrow that list down to the top 5 that inspired my protagonist Sabine. 5.) Work Song by Fallulah This actually opens my playlist, and perfectly encapsulates Sabine at the beginning of the book.…

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