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Twisted Tales

In cultures all over the world, there are timeless stories. Often these are oral stories we might hear from parents or grandparents. Most of them have a moral bend—instructing the listeners to be kind, to have compassion and to stay hopeful. A lot of these stories get lumped in under fairy tales.   There’s a… Continue reading Twisted Tales

General

Music as Inspiration

Music is a universal force. No matter where you go in the world, part of the culture includes songs, instruments and the like. Which is why it should come as no surprise that music can also provide a lot of inspiration. Music, like literature, breaks down into genres. Folk, R&B, country, classical—genres in music as… Continue reading Music as Inspiration

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Creating Fantasy Names

Gandalf. Eragon. Daenerys. Polgara. Raistlin Majere. Some of the most easily recognizable characters in the fantasy genres have names that stick with you. Naming a fantasy character only seems simple because it comes with extra considerations. To start with, you want a name that is easily readable. At the same time, you also want something… Continue reading Creating Fantasy Names

Exercises, writing

Artistic License

When trying to create a story it can sometimes feel as though we have to keep within a given set of conventions.  Genres are often built on these expectations and are what most readers look for in a story when searching store shelves for their next read. At the same time, ignoring the standard tropes… Continue reading Artistic License