Story Prompt #71

Character prompt:

A character who is deathly afraid of water but is forced to live on a boat.

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Reading Recommendation

Hello Fiction Lovers!

Today I thought I’d recommend a book I reread recently: Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. This book has been one of  my favorites for a long time and every once in a while I’ll take the time to read it–and its sequel–again. Doing so is always worth it.

Trickster’s Choice is about a young woman, Aly, who wants to become a spy in the field but her parents won’t allow it because of how dangerous that work is. However, Aly ends up getting captured by pirates and sold into slavery. From there she is recruited by a god and must use her wits and the spy skills she was taught from a young age to protect a family and help a rebellion.

The book has a good romance that isn’t rushed, interesting magical creatures, complex characters, and is paced well. I enjoyed it when I discovered it in middle school and I still enjoy it now in college so I believe that it can appeal to a wide range of ages. You don’t have to read Tamora Pierce’s other books to understand Trickster’s Choice or its sequel, but doing so can give you a greater appreciation and understanding of Aly’s parents and the family’s connection to several other characters that get mentioned. Her other books are also enjoyable to read as well, and if you like Trickster’s Choice I would highly recommend that you read them if you haven’t done so already. If you have then I would recommend that you read them again for pleasure’s sake.

If you’ve read Trickster’s Choice feel free to post your thoughts on it down in the comments (but no spoilers please). Also please let me know if you have any questions and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Writing Combat In Fantasy – Part One: Top Ten Tips

10 tips for writing realistic combat scenes in fantasy fiction. Guest blog by Danie Ware.

Source: Writing Combat In Fantasy – Part One: Top Ten Tips

Hello Fiction Lovers!

This week I thought I’d share one of my favorite posts from Fantasy Faction. It helped me make my combat scenes more realistic and flow better. Hopefully it will do the same for you!

Let me know what you think of the post in the comments or if you have any questions. I hope you all have a good week!

Why I’m Glad I Started Blogging

Hello Fiction Lovers!

First of all, Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a good end to 2017 and that the new year is going well. Now that 2017 has ended I’ve begun to reflect more deeply on the new things I started during the year. There are several different things I’m glad I did, but the pertinent one is starting this blog. Truth be told, I was hesitant to start blogging for a long time because I was worried about having enough ideas to post something every week and because of the time commitment. Even though I do struggle with those things from time to time I can say that it has been worth it for a few different reasons.

The main reason is that I’ve become more connected to other writers and people interested in fiction. Blogging has connected me to people from all over the world, and that is a wonder and joy to me that I wouldn’t have known in the same way otherwise. It’s also opened up a way for me to find more blogs about writing and fiction than I had been able to find just by googling. I hope that in the year to come blogging will continue to expand my awareness of the community of writers and readers that I have the privilege of participating in.

Another reason I’m glad I started blogging is that it has helped me put my thoughts about writing and fiction into words. What was before an abstract idea or feeling in my head now has a place to be formed into words. By expanding my awareness of other writers and their ideas, blogging has also helped me augment and revise my own ideas. Since I find it enjoyable to deepen my understanding of the craft–and because it is good to learn about something you have an interest in–that has helped my writing as well as given me fun, new blog posts to read.

Has blogging helped you in some way and–if you have a blog–why are you glad you started blogging? Feel free to answer in the comments or let me know if you have any questions. I hope you all have a good week!