The Idea: Crazy… or Not Crazy? That is the question…

Welcome to my first entry into a Journal I intend to use to describe my foray into the world of writing a Graphic Novel. Why am I doing this? ...Good question... In the past few months I've been playing with an idea for a story that could work as a stand-alone prequel to my fantasy series, …

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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 wonder if we could do the same. We use heroes to teach our children about …

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 start blazing; people run for cover and chaos ensues. Lots of destruction and explosions, amazing …

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 for writing it. Haven’t read it yet? Read it here! Now, on behalf of all those …

A collection of excerpts related to writing action – by Melissa Berg

If you are here from Epic Fantasy Writer, WELCOME! If not, check out my article called 6 Tips For Writing Engaging and Tension-Filled Fight Scenes Below are my example excerpts taken from my first two books in The Shifting Balance Series. Two are smaller sword fights, one is part of an epic large scale battle, and …

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, if you prefer, the closest wine bar, a properly built fantasy world should have a …