Short Stories

One Early August Afternoon – Short Story

I am back once again with a short story. This one doesn't have an accompanying song although it was somewhat inspired by the Robin Williams film 'What Dreams May Come' that I watched for the first time the other night. I will warn people that it has very similar dark themes to that movie, so… Continue reading One Early August Afternoon – Short Story

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Book Reviews

Book Review – Shattered Sword by Azaria M.J. Durant

This is my very first book review so please, bear with me. (I am proud to say that the cover design on these was done by yours truly. Not the art of course, but the prettification.)  Title: Shattered Sword Author: Azaria M.J. Durant Genre: Fantasy Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44591977-shattered-sword Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PVCTPQ8/ref=series_rw_dp_sw Blog Link: http://www.azariamjdurant.com Facebook… Continue reading Book Review – Shattered Sword by Azaria M.J. Durant

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On Killing Characters

A Tangled Yarn

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post with some miscellaneous thoughts on torturing characters, which you can find here: On Tormenting Characters. I mostly talked in general terms about doing bad things to characters, but as I was thinking it through I wanted to go a little deeper into one specific aspect of torturous writing: killing off characters.

Some writers do lots of it. Some don’t do any. Some kill their characters only to have them revived again by magic or science later.

No matter what kind of writer you are, there are a few things to keep in mind when considering whether or not to kill off a character, and they’re things I’ve come to feel strongly about over my (almost) decades of reading and loving stories.

Don’t do it just because you can. This relates back to what I said…

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On Tormenting Characters

A Tangled Yarn

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Recently a writing friend of mine, who asked me to call him Vailyon for the sake of this, posted some very interesting thoughts he titled “Pain, Writing, and the Author.” Unfortunately, his post is on a private forum, so I can’t link it here, but it did get me thinking, and I think I have a few of my own thoughts on the subject.

The very rudimentary gist of Vailyon’s post was that authors need to be careful about writing pain, specifically, why we’re adding that pain into the story. Pain can be a very useful tool, but it needs to have a purpose.

While most of us like to grin and cackle evilly when talking about the horrors we have in store for our characters, the truth is, this isn’t always a good thing. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being proud…

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