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
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
I'm an author, reader, movie viewer, and huge critic. I love watching and reading things but I always find myself tearing it apart at some point because of something in it. Whether it be some stupid thing the hero inevitably did that messed up the story and caused the mentor/ally to be killed or just… Continue reading 5 Story Tropes That I’m Not Fond Of
Oh, hey. Despite all other evidence to the contrary, I and this blog are still alive. I really don't know what to write for blog articles, so instead, I'm just gonna post a short story I wrote in February. I wrote it for an iPod writing challenge, so this short story is based off of… Continue reading From The Ashes – Short Story
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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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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After a mighty joust with both sword and quill I have won control of this blog. All the posts from the previous owner (hermajestymj) have been archived. If you only want to see her posts you can visit her new site at http://www.azariamjdurant.com or check out the archived section. However