A freelance writer, writer, artist, geek, hopeless (and hopeful) romantic, and over-thinker. My website: www.fantasywritingschool.com

And just didn’t realize it

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The first time I ever heard the word “gay” was when I was seven years old on the bus to school, when a kid used that word to make fun of me. I asked my parents what “gay” meant when I got home, and they told me it meant “happy.” The next day, when that kid called me gay again, I was completely unbothered by it, thinking it was a compliment. He stopped bothering me after that.

Growing up surrounded by heteronormative entertainment and expectations, hearing things such as “You’re going to meet a great man one day,” “Do you have a crush on him?” and “You two would make a cute couple,” made it very difficult for me to understand my own feelings. If I was supposed to be with a man and have a husband, then no matter how wrong it felt, I should just accept that was how it was supposed to feel, right? What other option was there?


What is it that makes fantasy such an appealing genre?

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Fantasy and sci-fi are the fourth most profitable book genres combined, generating 590 million dollars a year. With its many subgenres, including epic fantasy, low fantasy, fairy tales and fables, superhero fiction, steampunk, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, and — my personal favorite — sword and sorcery, the possibilities are endless, confined only by the limitations of the human imagination.

Those of us who read fantasy don’t simply dabble in it, rather, we bask in it, completely immersing ourselves into these fantastical worlds, with their heroic storylines and admirable characters.

But why?

Why does fantasy create such a pleasant response in so many of us that we find ourselves dedicating years — or a lifetime — to a fandom? What is so compelling about it that we find ourselves returning to the same tropes and storylines over and over again? What feelings, thoughts, and ideas are we chasing after, which we cannot find in the physical world? …


The tales of two unapologetically bisexual artists from the early 1900s

Colette (1873–1954, France): The Writer

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Colette. Picture found here

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” — Colette

The French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette married her first husband Henry Gauthier-Villars (nicknamed ‘Willy’) in 1893. As it wasn’t as easy for a woman to find success and fame on her own during that time, and because Willy was already in the editing business, Colette had her written works published under his title. This was not new for him, as he frequently hired ghost writers to publish works in his name (the difference being that he paid them). …


And how to know when it’s time to walk away

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Two years ago, I found myself in a “relationship” that didn’t fulfill any of my needs. I had to change myself to make the relationship “work” (it still wasn’t working), and the only way I was able to get some “love” was when I put myself down, which is a pretty unhealthy situation to be in, as we all want affection from our partners.
At the time, I was determined to be the one to motivate her into opening up and accepting love. …


and How to Incorporate Those Elements into Your Own Worldbuilding

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If you’re anything like me, when you love something, you really love it. After watching The Philosopher’s Stone at a young age, I would look out the window at night in anticipation of an owl bringing my Hogwarts letter, run around the house with a stick wand, and dress up as Harry for Halloween ( and for fun). Most of my childhood obsessions have died out.. except for Harry Potter.

As I am currently worldbuilding for my own fantasy series, I’ve been considering what elements I should incorporate — and how — to make it memorable to readers. It was only natural for me to peer into one of the most renown series of all time — Harry Potter — and dissect it to figure out what it is that has made these books so influential on an entire generation. To make a worldwide bestselling novel ( and the most successful one in history, at that), J.K. …


Tips to start your novel off strong

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Your book’s introduction is one of the most important parts you will write. It will determine whether or not a publisher wants to work with you and if a reader will continue reading. In it, the tone for the rest of your book will be set, giving readers a taste of your writing style and what they are in for. For these reasons, many writers find that writing their novel’s beginning is a rather daunting task.

In my previous blog post, I discussed different ways you can begin your book: the mid-conflict beginning, the mundane beginning, the day that changes everything, the pre-storyline beginning, the narrative beginning, and the retrospective beginning.


I learned these the hard way, so you don’t have to.

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1. You can’t change someone, but people can change

I know people can change because I have.

I went from being a manipulative, controlling, needy, and anxiously-attached partner to a more secure one: giving more space, demanding less attention, and not worrying so much about things outside my control. Not only did this improve my abandonment anxiety, but it also improved my relationships.

It’s okay to want your partner to change within reason and for self-improvement. After all, we want the best for our relationship — we want it to succeed — and we do so by showing up as our best selves. But unless they are admitting their faults (you need to do this too), want to change, are motivating themselves, and putting the effort in, they won’t. …


It’s not always easy to put emotions into words.

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There is something extra special about receiving a love letter; the tangible representation of effort, seeing the words in their handwriting, being able to read it over and over again.. Thought, intent, and effort are all displayed in romantic letters, and they never fail to make me feel genuinely loved.

I like writing love letters, too. It is a way for me to express my love and for my partner to receive my love. …


How my health changed for the better

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I was in a horrible place physically before going vegan, which I have now been for 2.5 years. Here are some of the things I noticed in my body once changing my diet:

1. My digestive problems improved

I have always had digestive troubles.. the “I needed suppositories even as a baby” sort of troubles, if you catch my drift.

These issues had been dismissed by doctors throughout my life, though my woes were often a topic of discussion during check-ups, to my embarrassment. …


How you begin can make it or break it

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When you’re writing a novel, it’s no secret that you want a beginning that stands out and that entices your readers to keep turning the pages. Because of the weight the first chapter holds, it can be intimidating not only to start, but also to determine how you want to start.

This article covers 6 different methods you can use to introduce your characters, setting, and plot. You can experiment with these techniques to determine what fits your book’s tone and point of view best.

THE MID-CONFLICT BEGINNING:

In this type of introduction, your protagonist is partway through a situation already. The reader will not fully understand what’s happening, and should receive crucial information about the conflict in pieces as they progress. …

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