Category Archives: Inspiration

How Walking Sparks the Imagination

How Walking Sparks the Imagination

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings In this article, I want to tell you about one of my favourite pastimes. It’s a… Continue Reading

Write More, Care Less?

Write More, Care Less?

With November comes NaNoWriMo and by now many people are either realizing: a. they might have something worth salvaging. b. they have a steaming pile of crap. c. a and b d. none of the above I came to the conclusion a couple of years ago that having a steaming pile of crap can be… Continue Reading

Don’t Let Quality Stop You Now

Don’t Let Quality Stop You Now

It’s November. That means the NaNo is on. National Novel Writing Month. Write a novel in a month. In the case of the NaNo this means 50,000 words in thirty days. That’s a lot of words – unless you’re a full time writer, or very productive, or for some other reason you’re just used to… Continue Reading

Avoiding Fantasy Fatigue

Avoiding Fantasy Fatigue

If you’re reading this article you might be thinking two things: 1. Why would a fantasy website feature an article about being burned out with fantasy? 2. I’m burned out on fantasy, so I want to see what this guy rants about. Well, to put this into perspective, I’m a life-long fan of fantasy, have… Continue Reading

Keeping Readers Reading (And Yourself Writing)

Keeping Readers Reading (And Yourself Writing)

It’s becoming easier and easier for people to put books down these days. With so many entertaining distractions in the world, writers have to fight for readers’ attention more than ever. Normally, I approach these articles only from the stance of a writer. However, today I’m going to wear two hats: one small writer’s beret… Continue Reading

How to Woo the Writer’s Muse

How to Woo the Writer’s Muse

This Valentine’s Day, I find myself feeling lonely.  My wife and kids are in the next room, playing and having breakfast, while I sit at my computer, wishing that somebody was here with me who hasn’t been around for quite some time. My muse has left me.  Again. In the Mythic Scribes forums, I hear… Continue Reading

Setting Stories in My Own Backyard

Setting Stories in My Own Backyard

This article is by Duncan McGeary. I’ve never subscribed to the notion that one must “write about what you know.” I mean, what do I know about a wild pig apocalypses?  Or vampires who evolve?  Or Donner Party werewolves?  Or Bigfoot and gold miners? This stuff is spun out of my imagination, and even when… Continue Reading

How to Hack the Habit of Creativity

How to Hack the Habit of Creativity

Writing a good novel demands a number of skills from an author.  You need to have a strong writing voice.  You have to be able to read people and get inside a person’s head.  You should be able to let your characters provide commentary on life and the book’s themes, whether consciously or not.  And… Continue Reading