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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Of Gifts Given and Lagom

I was curled up on my window seat, watching the snow fall and tracing patterns in the fog my breath left on the window. I wanted to know why missing someone, and the ache to be with them, seeped into your bones; until it was impossible to remember a time when you didn’t feel that…

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Of Yule and Fire Hazards

I put the finishing touches on the altar, stood back, and smiled. Now, all that was left to do was light the candles. My face fell, and a montage of Yule’s past went through my mind. Fig’s wicked, little laughs turning into a wickedly raucous one. But, she was sixteen now. Maybe she could finally…

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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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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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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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