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Invocation of the Muse – by Melissa Berg– Plus Some Great Music to Inspire Great Writing!

  "O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention, a kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, assume the port of Mars; and at... Continue Reading →


Mixing Genres: An Important Writer’s Tool — Melissa Berg

  Mixing genres is nothing new. It’s not a newfangled tactic or gimmick to garner or fool readers, or even the writer’s attempt to ford a new path through untried waters. Merging genres has been around since at least the... Continue Reading →

The Conflicted Heart of a True Anti-hero – by Melissa Berg

  We love to talk about heroes. And why not? Bravery in the face of evil, the one who stands up for the side of right while others grovel in fear… We admire such a person, because we are amazed and... Continue Reading →

The Science of Magic – by Melissa Berg

Magic and fantasy; it is a common opinion that you can't have one without the other. But what if this is wrong? Is magic really just a fantasy? The first question we should ask is: What is magic? Magic is a part... Continue Reading →

6 Tips For Writing Engaging and Tension-filled Fight Scenes – by Melissa Berg

Who doesn’t love an action movie? The rush of excitement as soon as the wide angle shot of a tension-laden stand off begins. The music fades before it crescendos, the percussion intensifies, and the fists start flying or the guns... Continue Reading →

Atmosphere of Culture – by Melissa Berg

“Look candles!” He called, pointing at the colorful array in the open-air shop that was his keep. The dust, drifting as a cloud, was a ghostly spectator hanging over the crowded thoroughfare. Patrons and peasants alike moved from one shop... Continue Reading →

Writing From the Artist’s Point of View – by Melissa Berg

Five Clichés that should be kicked in the butt… and then remolded and reused… Think Green—Recycle!

(“Because there are some good clichés in this world, Mr. Frodo, and they’re worth fighting for!”) All right, first I want to say: Your article was great, Yicheng! Good job! Obviously it made me start thinking. Thank you so much... Continue Reading →

Fantasy Maps, and a Tutorial on how to make your map look like Google Earth!

Here from John Robin's Epic Fantasy Writer Blog? Scroll down to get straight to the tutorial! What is an epic fantasy novel without a map? Just like we need Siri to tell us how to find the closest café or,... Continue Reading →

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