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Goodbye to Thinkings!

I've finally done it! I have conquered WordPress  set up my new blog!

Seriously, though, WordPress is hard.

You can now go and visit Of Enchantments and Escape, my shiny new blog where I'll be talking about stories and fantasy in particular. As yet, there is only one post up and it turned kind of dark and philosophical. They won't all be like that: I couldn't be serious all the time even if I had to.

Hopefully everything is working perfectly (eek!), but if it isn't, feel free to let me know and I'll fix it. Unless it's the comments section that's broken, in which case I'll never know.


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Assuming it's working, though, why not drop by and check it out? And leave a comment if you like it, of course :)

Thanks so much for reading Thinkings. Your support has meant a lot to me while I've been blundering around trying to get the hang of this whole blogging thing.

Happy writing!



Where I've Been and Why (It's Exciting!)

Hi!

So I missed a post on Wednesday, but I have a good reason which is also an announcement:

I'm moving blog!

It's a bit like moving house, but easier.

I had a long, hard think about blogging, why I do it, what I can give people, and the survey many of you helpfully sent in (thanks, by the way!). I came to three surprising realisations:


I started a blog for all the wrong reasons and got most things wrong because I was a rookieI don't want to give writing advice when I'm a novice myself and still trying to figure out this whole writing thing.But I actually love writing nonfiction articles and I don't want to stop.
So I have decided to start a new blog. I will be posting a little less frequently (because twice a week was eating into my fiction writing time) and there will be no more writing tips. I'm going to be talking about books, but less a practical how-to guide than discussion of ideas, such as darkness in stories or the pros and cons of giving a lot of techni…

10 Songs for Sad Scenes

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Ah, the sad scenes. You know, when you kill off a character and you're the one who is most upset about it. Or when your villain finally reveals his true colours but you actually grew quite attached to him while he was pretending to help. Or the bittersweet moment when you write "the end".


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Well, if you're feeling too happy for that right now, it's easily fixed! Just listen to some sad music and you will soon be sad enough to sob over your own writing.

Looking for that miserable music? Here are some suggestions!

Quick note: the fact I'm recommending the music doesn't mean I'm recommending any of these films or games. I haven't watched/played all of them.


Warmth is Gone from Fire Emblem: Fates Just in case the game itself wasn't sad enough, this theme comes on every time the protagonist is crying over the deaths of their friends and siblings. So you get the idea.


This Cover of Sadness and Sorrow from Naruto I haven't watched Naruto, b…

Why Writers Should Avoid Melodrama

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Or, why writers should do everything in their power to keep as far as humanly possible from the blight upon this world which is melodrama, otherwise their stories will fall into ruin and be despised by all mankind


This post is rated S for sarcasm


"He's being a bit melodramatic, don't you think?"

No doubt you have heard this before, or else seen someone pretending to play the violin behind a person who is making just a bit too much out of their troubles.

Sometimes, in trying to get other people to understand what we are going through, we might go a little... overboard.

And sometimes, when we're trying to show readers what our characters are feeling, maybe we go a little overboard there as well.

Usually, I tend the other way. I get awkward about writing emotional scenes and make my characters stoical (and heaven forbid they do something like touch each other!). Then I turn melodramatic when rewriting these scenes. Then I rewrite them again and suck all the emotion o…

Writing Lessons from Manga

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Manga and other graphic novels are a unique form of storytelling. In some ways it is similar to watching films, in that it shows us the characters and settings rather than describing them for us to imagine. In others it is more like a book, in that we get insights into the characters' thoughts and motivations, and, of course, that we are reading words and turning pages.




















I came to manga fairly recently, and it took some getting used to. After hearing about the story of Deathnote, I was so interested by it that I decided to read it despite being skeptical about these "comic books". If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might have figured out that I am still slightly obsessed with Deathnote from my occasional (haha) mentions of it. Since then, I have read Your Name and some of Erased, and added more even more manga to my ever-growing TBR list.

These stories, apart from being great stories in their own right, are great examples of this particular form of storytel…

The Language of Worlds Linkup

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It looks like I'm not the only one missing Beautiful People.

Liv K. Fisher (you can check out her blog by clicking the image above) is hosting a bi-monthly character linkup called The Language of Worlds. It's tailored to Christian Speculative Fiction, but writers of any genre can try it out.

While taking a break from Eyes That See Time, I've been planning another novel with the overly-long and clumsy working title Journey to the New World.

Yeah, I'll be changing that name, but let's go with it for now.

Journey to the New World will be a YA low fantasy novel, hopefully relatively short (I'm thinking about 60,000 words, but me and low word counts don't tend to get along). There is nothing about it on the My Writing page yet, seeing as all the development I've done so far has been drawing maps, figuring out plot points, and research, research, research. However, I hope to change that in the not-too-distant-future.


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Without further ado, allow me to …

Your Villain's Relationship with the Hero

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When someone says the word "villain", a number of examples might come to mind: Sauron, Voldemort, or Darth Vader for example. An antagonist is simply a character who stands in your hero's way, but a villain is a specific kind of antagonist; a villain is evil.

The three characters I mentioned are unarguably evil. Sauron would prefer hobbits as miserable to slaves to happy, free hobbits. Voldemort and Darth Vader murder people seemingly without a thought. However, is it simply evilness that makes a good villain? Is the way to create the best villain simply to create the evilest villain?

You have probably already figured out that the answer is no. Creating a compelling villain is at least as complicated as creating a compelling hero, possibly more.

To talk about every aspect of creating good villains would take a book (in fact, there are whole books on the topic), so today I am only going to talk about one often-overlooked but extremely important thing to consider when crea…