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Fantasy tropes – love them, hate them, make them your bitch

Fantasy tropes get a bad rap. Everybody’s used them. None of them are new. And you want to be original, dammit! Popular advice about fantasy tropes Most advice about fantasy tropes is to flat-out avoid them. A perennial topic…

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World-Building Tropes – Avoid Fantasy Writing Clichés 2

World-Building Tropes in Fantasy Writing Now let’s focus on ways to not regurgitate clichéd version of fantasy world-building tropes to make your story unique. Typical advice around fantasy tropes is to avoid them. However, knowing that all those tropes…

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Reading and smelling books – experiences of an unashamed serial bookworm

Reading is a sensual experience to me. Yes, I smell the paperbacks and hard cover books I read. Don’t you? I love the feel of those old cloth book covers on my fingertips. The crackle of a spine. The…

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Dialogue Tags: What are they and how to use them to your advantage

What’s a Dialogue Tag? Dialogue tags are narrator interjections, sometimes referred to as attribution, that note who speak the pieces of dialogue in your story. Historically, we were taught that adverbs included in the tags, describing how dialogue is…

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