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Author: Kyla Jo Magin

The Ultimate Guide To Fantasy Subgenres

The Ultimate Guide To Fantasy Subgenres

Understanding your fiction genre, and its subgenres, lets you alter and conform with confidence. You want a book that works well with marketing and cover design, and you want your readers to feel, at the least, satisfied. Of course, adding

How To Master Setting In Your Novel

How To Master Setting In Your Novel

In our visual world of cinema and photography, setting often takes a back seat in novels. But even when constructed through words, visuals are a powerful story element. Whether creating a fantasy world from scratch or using the current world

5 Ways To Incorporate Multiple Languages Into Your Fantasy Novel

5 Ways To Incorporate Multiple Languages Into Your Fantasy Novel

So you’ve created a fantastical world full of unique cultures and ideas, and a diverse cast of characters to reflect that. And to add even more depth to your characters and setting, you want to weave in different languages. As a

Naming your characters effectively

5 Steps To Naming Your Characters Effectively

Names are powerful. And naming a character is not a decision to be taken lightly. It can even be more important than a character’s carefully-crafted appearance. It helps create round characters. Good names help both writers and readers move through a

7 Essential Tips To Ensure Your Book Cover Is A Winner

7 Essential Tips To Ensure Your Book Cover Is A Winner

Books are often judged by their cover. And with all the work you’ve put into your story, you deserve a winning book cover – one that will pique the reader’s interest to glance at the blurb on the back, and

When (And How) To Split Your Story Into A Series

When (And How) To Split Your Story Into A Series

You’ve been working away at your novel, lovingly crafting each word, and the thought occurs to you: should I split this into another book or two? Often this thought comes up when you glance at your word length, steadily increasing

5 Ways To Handle The Passing Of Time In Your Story

How do you show how much time has passed in a short story or in a novel? Events happen, characters develop, and so time flows. But as your story stretches across days, weeks and years, it’s impossible to write every

How To Use All 5 Senses To Unlock Your Fictional World

‘Write with all five senses’ is a brilliant rule for working on description; but how familiar are you with each? Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are five simple details that help make your fictional world come to life. The beginning of human knowledge is

Literary Devices: How To Master Alternate Point of View

Alternate Point of View (POV) is a complicated narration form, but, if done the right way, it can make for a captivating read. This technique combines the depth of a single character’s perspective with the versatility of switching between characters. You

Why You Should Write For Yourself Not The Market

What does it mean to write for yourself? It means that the story, the characters and the style are what you would want to read. And what you enjoy writing. Writing for the market means creating a book based on