Designing a Magic System: Magic in the Land of Ardalencor by Andrew Zimba
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by Guest Contributor
4d ago
Today we welcome a new guest writer to Writer’s Fun Zone, Andrew Zimba who is stopping by to chat with us about “Designing a Magic System: Magic in the Land of Ardalencor.” Enjoy! *** Writers and Worldbuilders, Looking for a guide on developing a magic system for your fantasy setting? I’m Andrew Zimba — author of the medieval fantasy novel In Times of War: A Tale of Ardalencor.  Often learning how someone else navigated the design process can be the best guide. I’ll take you through an overview of my decision-making journey and share some additional thoughts at the end. I hope you find th ..read more
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Know Yourself (Part 4)
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by Kerry-Ann McDade
4d ago
Know Yourself (Part 4/4) – How To Write the Future podcast, episode 95 “Editing is challenging. So whenever you get lost, feel overwhelmed, confused, just in a state about the editing process, come back to your goal, motivation, conflict about why you write.“ “Know Yourself” In episode 95 of the How To Write the Future podcast, Beth Barany explains the importance of knowing why you write, focusing on your strengths, and trusting your creative process including why you study sentence structure and knowing which grammar rules to break when. (Part 4 of 4: Transform Your Novel with These 7 Editi ..read more
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Pre-Sales, the Reason Why by Catharine Bramkamp
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by Guest Contributor
1w ago
Let’s welcome back monthly columnist Catharine Bramkamp as she shares with us “Pre-Sales, the Reason Why.” Enjoy! *** Is there a good, compelling reason to create and manage a pre-sales campaign?   Yes. If your book has gathered enough pre-sold books, it shows your publisher that you have a fan base and more important – sales. Pre-sales numbers will spur your publisher (and this includes Amazon) to print books ahead of the official book launch date/publication date so when the book actually launches, there will be a very short wait time for your customers to receive delivery. Ah ha ..read more
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Tropes for Fiction Writing with Jennifer Hilt
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by Kerry-Ann McDade
1w ago
Tropes for Fiction Writing with Jennifer Hilt – How To Write the Future podcast, episode 94 “I’m trying to be creative and original and all that and so I was like, thinking, yes, but how come we need to have these words in common in order to build a story?”  In this episode of How To Write the Future, podcast host Beth Barany talks with USA Today Bestselling author of The Trope Thesaurus, Horror Trope Thesaurus, and Trope Thesaurus Romance, Jennifer Hilt. Together they delve into the how, why, and when to use tropes, plus discuss using them to help build your story. Platforms The podcas ..read more
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Nine Steps to Crafting a Romantic Heroine by Laurel Osterkamp
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by Guest Contributor
2w ago
Let’s welcome back Laurel Osterkamp as she shares with us “Nine Steps to Crafting a Romantic Heroine.” Enjoy! *** Romance novels have hit the mainstream.  Just look at the shelves on your next bookstore visit. You’ll find a ton of illustrated covers in various shades of pastel, each with blurbs on the back promising a funny yet profound love story. These novels all have several things in common, like employing any number of romance novel tropes that readers expect. More importantly, they’ll feature a female protagonist that is both believable and compelling. There’s a lot to consider when ..read more
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Know Your Genre and Characters
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by Kerry-Ann McDade
2w ago
 Know Your Genre and Characters (Transform Your Novel with These 7 Editing Tips for Bestselling Success, part 3 of 4) – How To Write the Future podcast, episode 93 “Take the expectations of the genre and spin it. That’s our job, is to take what’s expected and play around and work through multiple iterations.” Know Your Genre and Characters. In episode 93 of the How To Write the Future podcast, host Beth Barany explains the importance of knowing your genre, shares about reader expectations and tropes, and about bringing in your uniqueness. There’s also a special invitation to work one-on ..read more
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AI and Writing and ChatGPT: Interview with Tom Morkes
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by Beth Barany
3w ago
I am super excited to bring to you this interview today. I interviewed Tom Marquez in advance of the AI Writing summit that he is hosting and I will be a panelist on. Please enjoy our interview and be sure to check out the AI Writing Summit. I do share my affiliate link in the notes. There’s a goodie that’s available just for a limited time only. And if you sign up for my blog or my newsletter, and subscribe, you will get All the information to the all access pass. that’s coming pretty soon. So stay tuned for that. All right. Enjoy the interview. *** About AI and Writing and ChatGPT. And inte ..read more
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Creative Writing and AI with Adam Fleming
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by Kerry-Ann McDade
3w ago
Creative Writing and AI with Adam Fleming – How To Write the Future podcast episode 92 “ – you can tell them what a brain freeze is, but they’ll never feel it.” – ADAM FLEMING In “Creative Writing and AI,” How To Write the Future podcast host Beth Barany talks to author, leadership coach, and hybrid publisher, Adam Fleming about the positives and negatives of using AI for creative writing, the origins for Adam’s fantasy series, and discuss why only you can write from your own experiences.  Platforms The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Buzzsprout | Spotify | Po ..read more
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Crafting the Future: Why Writers Should Embrace AI by Keri Kruspe
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by Guest Contributor
3w ago
Let’s welcome back monthly columnist Keri Kruspe as she shares with us “Crafting the Future: Why Writers Should Embrace AI.” Enjoy! *** As a writer, I love exploring and learning new things. And lately, I’ve been caught up in the AI craze, exploring what it can do for me in my writing career. But there are some of those in our community who cry foul, claiming AI will soon take over the creative process of fiction writing. Why, they say, pay a human when all it takes is a prompt in an AI software to get you the same thing? Au contrair, mon frere. In my humble opinion, AI programs (like ChatGPT ..read more
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Transform Your Novel with These 7 Editing Tips for Bestselling Success, part 2 of 4
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by Kerry-Ann McDade
3w ago
Transform Your Novel with These 7 Editing Tips for Bestselling Success, part 2 of 4 – How To Write the Future podcast, episode 91 “Creativity is our superpower. With the power of our imagination and bringing in curiosity, courage, compassion, and connection.” Transform Your Novel with These 7 Editing Tips for Bestselling Success, part 2 of 4, in episode 91, of the How To Write the Future podcast. Host Beth Barany talks about what it takes to be a bestseller, why not every writer wants to be a bestseller plus the benefits and different ways to build a fanbase and market your books. There’s al ..read more
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