Are your characters R.E.A.L.?

Posted by: Rebecca.

Last week, Bridgett blogged about 6 elements of a great novel. I thought I’d tackle one of those points in today’s post. (Whew, wish me luck!)

When you read, what makes you love or hate a character? For me, it’s how the character is developed. In the first few pages, am I drawn into their world? Can I relate to something they are going through? Better yet, am I experiencing their emotions as my own?

Sherbia & Diviak by M. Bergren

Everyone does goofy and stupid things. We all have different ideas of how things should be done, or how we should handle conflict. We each have a different flavor of ice cream we love. Some people don’t even like ice cream. (Gasp!)

So, why not give a character a R.E.A.L.© personality? Continue reading

A Writer’s Secrets to Fantasy Creature Creation: The Ehlief

Posted by: Bridgett.

Reader: Where do you get your ideas?

Bridgett: Depends on the idea.

Reader: Okay, well…You have all these weird creatures in your books and short stories. How do you come up with them?

Bridgett: Hmmm. How do I even begin to answer this question? 

Havok magazine 1.3 featuring "Vinesinger"

Havok 1.3 featuring “Vinesinger”

Last week, in celebration of the publication of my fantasy flash fiction story “Vinesinger,” I promised to let Light’s Scribe readers in on one of my secrets to creating bizarre creatures.

So, how do I answer the above reader’s question?

When in doubt, I blame the niece and nephew.  Continue reading

Fantasy Short Story Release: “Vinesinger”

Posted by: Bridgett.

Shara’s hopes of at last fitting in with her fellow Ehlief are as bright as the green and brown strands of her fanned tail, as high as the notes she can’t stop singing. Until, that is, she learns the price of discovering her true destiny…

Official logo of Havok magazine: Splickety Publishing Group

Official logo of Havok magazine:
Splickety Publishing Group

Shara’s tale, “Vinesinger,” my debut fantasy flash fiction story, releases today in Havok magazine!

What is flash fiction? What’s an Ehlief? Never heard of Havok magazine? And more importantly, where can you get a copy? Continue reading

“You write what?” A Speculative Fiction writer’s answer.

Posted by: Rebecca.

It’s interesting to me when people find out you’re a writer, they get excited and the first question they ask, “What do you write?”  When I answer speculative fiction, the question, and their excitement, turns inside out and shape shifts into, “You write what?” Continue reading

“Exhibit” — A tiny tale that tackles a huge question

Posted by: Bridgett.

Writers are often inspired to tackle tough questions of politics, philosophy, or faith. Sometimes we set out to explore such issues. Sometimes our characters blindside us with them.

Lurel, the main character of a fantasy short story I wrote earlier this year (below), did just that. All I’d set out to do was enter a contest!

Her question: Are we redeemed from the curse, or do we reap what we sow? Or is it both?

EXHIBIT

Starlight danced across the rippling river water as Lurel tugged the amulet from beneath the lace bodice of her borrowed gown. Never had she worn anything so fine, but Lord Blackthorne insisted a pauper’s homespun wouldn’t suffice for baiting a unicorn. Continue reading

Help! The Scribe’s need something to read.

Posted by: Rebecca.

Light’s Scribes need your help! I promise it will be painless.  Continue reading

Interview with author Kerry Nietz

Posted by: Rebecca.

Today’s Fantasy Friday post is a Q & A with author Kerry Nietz.  I had the privilege to meet Kerry at the 2014 Realm Makers writer’s conference, Continue reading

Villains: Why are we drawn to them?

Posted by: Bridgett.

Villains, those characters who make a novel, movie, or story more exciting. The monsters, madmen, marauders, and even mischief-makers who cause trouble for our heroes and send chills down our spines.

Power of the Dark Side coverAs film and literature fans, why do we love to hate them so much?

If you are a writer, do you ever wonder why their scenes are the most exciting to craft?

As humans, how often have we asked the question, “Why does God even allow evil to exist?”

At the 2014 Realm Makers writers’ conference, author L. B. Graham touched on these questions as well as other aspects of villainy, including how to address the realities of evil while still honoring God.  Continue reading

Realm Makers Conference 2014 – encouragement and take-aways

Posted by: Rebecca.

Over the weekend, Bridgett and I had the privilege to attend the 2014 Realm Makers conference. Where do I even begin to share the highlights and my take-aways? Continue reading