Tarot Basics

Tarot reading plays an important part in the plot of Ascendent. If you are unfamiliar with tarot, here is an extremely basic primer. The Deck First, you need a tarot deck. Mine is from The Wild Unknown, and this is the deck I referenced when writing. Next, think of the question you want to ask.…

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Choosing Your Title (Plus a Mini Astrology Lesson!)

I’m not a big fan of following book trends. From content to covers to titles, what will catch a reader’s eye this year will make them wrinkle their nose at the cheesiness next year. The influx of vampire novels around 2008 anyone? You should write about something that holds meaning for you and that you…

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There’s Nothing Sexy About an Adonis.

DISCLAIMER: I am cis and heterosexual, that is what I am basing my opinion and examples on. If you aren’t, I would love to hear how your opinions differ. You didn’t think I wouldn’t talk about love interests, did you? Imagine this, you’re reading a YA fantasy and the wonderfully flawed heroine has just met…

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Is Your Protagonist a Plot Device?

When writing YA, particularly YA with a female lead character, one of the biggest and most complained about pitfalls is the Mary Sue. The infallible martyr with inexplicable allure, despite being so dull and plain. You know, the one that makes us roll our eyes until they fall out of our heads. Of course, this…

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