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Weekly Fantasy Fix: Death in Fantasy Stories

 

Valar morghulis — all men must die. Very rarely do we ever read a story where the mortality of the characters does not concern the specific piece of art or literature being shared. Even in children’s books and movies, death often can play a central role. I think this awareness of our own mortality is something that speaks to many readers while providing a believable dilemma for any given story. It bespeaks to an inescapable truth that we all will die, and offers the question as to what that means to us. Is the death worthy? Does it need to be? And what choices do we have between our first breath and our last?

This is really the mentality many fantasy writers grasp during the process of telling their story, right? The decisions that the characters make in the course of their fictional lives defines them and their legacy, whether you actually kill the character in the book or not. BUT, when you do choose to kill any character (from the significant to the mundane), is it done to highlight the character and choices they made?

See, I get frustrated when fantasy stories include easy rescues for the heroes in order to keep the plot moving forward. This is one of the reasons I like Martin’s Game of Thrones; he simply isn’t afraid to eliminate a character, and he will always find a way to carry on with life (aka, the story). The threat of death is real in his stories, and even heroes can die. This realism makes readers think about issues like death and about how unpredictable life can be. This is a central theme that resonates with me. What themes will resonate with your readers?

As writers, we must understand death is a subject that makes people uncomfortable, and although our stories will tell of death, it should be done with purpose. People have emotional reactions to fictional character deaths. Some come to fiction to escape the concerns of their everyday life, but this is a certain avenue–especially in fantasy–that can rarely be escaped. And, when confronted with the sudden death of a beloved character, viewers and readers are jarred into dealing with the uncertainty of their own life.

How will you approach this topic, and what message will you tell?

Joshua Robertson, CEO

Crimson Edge Press, LLC

 

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Guest Post: What to Do If You Are out of Writing Ideas by Richard Nolan

Today I have guest blogger, Richard Nolan, returning to share with us what to do if we’re out of writing ideas!


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New writers fail to understand one thing that writing is hard. It is not an easy task at all. Not sure where to start for your next writing project? You are at a loss for inspiration and ideas. Well, it happens to all at one or another point. You are going smoothly, producing creative high-quality and unique content, and then, instantly, you run out of new ideas. You search high and low for new thoughts and inspiration, but you are stuck. It is all for naught. As a matter of fact, you are blocked.

Whatever the business you are dealing with, there is always a dire need for creativity. Maybe it is how you offer your blogs and posts to your readers, or maybe it is the blogs and posts itself. Either way, you are in need of help to get out of that creative rut.

Let me tell you some secrets of getting out of such a situation.

First, understand that you’re not actually ‘out’ of ideas

Sometimes, when you stuck, you feel that you will always remain stuck. It is not the case. You must understand that your brain is actually an endless source of ideas. In fact, you’re continuously feeding input into your brain, constantly giving it stimulation and subsequently new information. You practically can’t avoid it. You must take a deep breath and know that this rut isn’t permanent.

Get rid of your stress and tension

Sometimes, anxiety, tension, and stress can get in the way of creativity. When you are already stressed, your stress becomes double due to the lack of new ideas, making the block even stronger. Now it’s the time to reduce your stress and feel relaxed. You can do some meditation like yoga or exercise. You can go for a short jog or if you like to play a game, just play that game. It takes only a little amount of tension relief before you instantly get the old creative juices flowing again.

Feeding your brain

One of the most important things you can do to keep your own creative ideas flowing is to provide your brain with some new, beautiful and substantial input. In this respect, you can study books of great authors, watch TV, travel, go outside and sit in the garden to listen to the chirp of the birds. Also, you can consult and talk to your close friends about different topics to get new ideas. An imaginary friend can help you a lot in this context. Just try to feed your brain with the latest and unique information.

Take baby steps

It is not always necessary to write the entire blog post or an article in a single sitting. You should take baby steps. You must write the content through small dots and move forward. This way, you will get out of the block.

Use a different writing tool

Stuck in a creative rut! You can switch from Microsoft Office to Google Doc, or you can even write directly into the WordPress. You can also change the font or even the color of the font. Or one of my favorite options, you can increase your font size. Apparently, it seems awkward and silly, but it works. Such small things can make the writing an interesting thing for you once again.

Goof around on LinkedIn, Facebook, or G Plus

People consider the social media as a great time suck, but if you are out of thoughts, social media is a rich mine full of precious ideas. Just browse through the different social media platforms, check new posts, talk to your links and enjoy yourself. Over and above this, absorb what others are talking about. You will surely find the latest ideas. But don’t sit for hours in front of social media networks; just half an hour is enough to crack the things.

Start in the middle

All of us know that a fantastic introduction always attracts the readers to read the rest of the article. A wonderful introduction is integral for a great post. But sometimes, trying to write a perfect intro can restrain your writing process. In such a situation, you can leave the ‘opening’ for later and just get going with your blog. You can write the intro when you feel comfortable.

Reread your fantastic posts

Feeling down? You’ve lost your mojo, and you might be unsure about your writing skills. All bloggers face such situations at one point or another. Reread the best posts you have written in the past. Go back and read the post word by word. You see how good you are? The talent doesn’t evade; it is still inside you. You just have to refresh your thoughts, and you’ll soon get dozens of new ideas. At a time, you just need a little reminder.

Look at your competitors

You are stuck, well, it’s fine, but you can at least take some time to review your competition. What they are writing and what are their ideas. I’m not saying that you should steal ideas from your competitors, but you can create your own ideas by going through the content of your competitors. High chances are you will find something new, intriguing and interesting.

Watch movies to get new ideas

Writers often get fresh ideas from movies. You can create a blog post on the story of a film. Even a great dialogue can provide you with a base to write your content. Other times you can get inspiration from the fantastic camera work, the way that a beautiful face is framed and the charisma of the mesmerizing landscape captured on film.

Bottom line, it is natural to get stuck, and it happens to all the writers. Stay positive, and you’ll get rid of this situation. You can try the tips mentioned above to get new writing ideas. Remember, only you can get you out of this block, so follow these methods to fetch new ideas.


About the Author

Richard Nolan is a blogger and a private tutor,  sharing his experience in spheres of  blogging, self-growth, and psychology. Richard writes for numerous blogs and gives useful tips for bloggers, students, and teachers. At the present moment Richard works as a general editor for  ProWritersCenter. Learn more about Richard on Facebook and Twitter

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Weekly Fantasy Fix: Happy New Year! What’s Your Resolution?

 

The new year is always such an exciting time for me. I love the possibility of a fresh start (actually I’m sort of addicted to fresh starts…long story) and that’s what New Year represents to me. It’s a chance to reflect on everything you’ve accomplished in the last year and start making plans for the new one.

Every year I tend to feel as though I haven’t done much, but as soon as I start going through everything, I always realize I’ve done a lot more than I imagined.

So, let’s reflect. What have I done in 2016 (because I know it wasn’t as much as I was hoping due to being sick for so long)? I finished Part 3 of my Shadow Stalker serial and started Part 4. I’ve begun the process of re-editing Part 1. I’ve started the foundational work on two new novel series, one of which will be written under a pen name. I also started a short story I was going to submit for entry in Crimson Edge’s anthology, but I didn’t finish it in time. Now, I’m reconsidering that story idea for another series. I also finished the edits on my Makari’s Mission novella that’s being published in a charity anthology being released this coming April.

I’ve definitely accomplished a lot more than I thought. 😀

This coming year I will finish Part 4 of my Shadow Stalker serial. I also plan to write at least the first two novels in my A God’s Deception series and the first in my other series. And towards the end of the year, I’ll begin work on my new serial. I don’t have a name for that one, but it’s going to be about the origin of the shadow stalkers, so it will be pretty awesome! Oh, and I’m going to…yes, absolutely going to finish a short story for this years anthology that Crimson Edge will be putting out in 2018.

So are you taking advantage of this opportunity for a new start? What do you plan to accomplish in 2017? I’d love for you to contact me and tell me all about it!

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