Wattpad Block Party Winter 2018

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As mentioned in a previous post, I shall be guest-posting in Kelly Anne Blount‘s Wattpad Block Party Winter 2018. After hearing suggestions from all my readers, I’ve decided to talk about fantasy story plotting, specifically regarding Rune Mage, including magic lore, character building, motivations, and the actual plotting process.

It’ll be heavily condensed, because there’s only so much I can squeeze into a single post! There are plenty of books published on a single topic alone.

Other suggestions from readers have included:

As promised before, I’ll work my way through these in blog posts. The alternative endings will likely take some time, because I only ever really plot for a single ending.

Be on the lookout for my post on plotting fantasy stories! We launch in February!

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New Year’s Resolution

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Happy 2018! Wishing you all a safe, happy, and successful new year. I thought I’d start the year with a short list of resolutions. Although I’m not one for using new year’s specifically for resolutions — I’d rather have short goals throughout the year — it won’t hurt to make a grand end point, right?

  1. Finish Firestarter, my Asian Fantasy YA novella, and rewrite it (possibly as a full novel)
  2. Finish rewrite of Rune Mage, my high fantasy mass-sacrifice novel.
  3. Read more! My reading motivation has dropped down to zero.
  4. Pass my clinical exam retake in May.
  5. Brew at least one of the plot bunnies that have attacked me during my late night musings of my WIP. Either a full-length Asian Fantasy or Western Science Fiction — yet undecided

What are your new year’s resolutions? Share them here!

Need Your Help! Wattpad Block Party February 2018

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Exciting news! I am proud to announce I will be participating in Kelly Anne Blount‘s biannual all-star Wattpad Block Party, coming to you in February 2018! Each member will contribute one chapter to her book of fun, alongside giveaways, shout-outs, and other fun prizes! This begs a question from me to you, my readers.

What do you want me to write about?

Options include (but aren’t limited to): reading, writing, blogging, Wattpad, character interviews, sneak peeks at new projects, alternate endings, 10 Reasons to Read *My book title*, storyboard creation, deleted scenes, spin-offs…

I was thinking of talking about how I plot my fantasy stories, focusing on Rune Mage (which has had the most detailed plotting by far). I don’t have any new projects to do a reveal for, because I already have two WIPs currently, but I’m open to suggestions!

Suggestions from readers so far have included:

  1. Alternate ending to Seeker: Demon Killers
  2. Character interview with Ari from March City
  3. Alternate ending to Windcaster

The options not used for the block party I’ll likely post on here instead, so suggest away!

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1

marchcity2NaNoWriMo 2017 has officially kicked off! I have a loaded schedule this month, so I’m not sure how much I can actually get done, with two friends visiting separately from the other side of the world and six days’ exams at the end (and I still need to study for it!) but we’ll see.

March City: The Rebellion of the Gifted sees Ari breaking out of the simulated reality that was March City and struggling to cope with the real world, devoid of the technology she was used to, with a new enemy on the horizon and allies she could not trust.

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Chapter 1 is out on Wattpad; for earlier updates, check it out on RadishFiction.

Inspiration for Demons in Rune Mage

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In Rune Mage, summoned demons play a part in wreaking havoc in the country of Karma and serves as a point of hatred for Seiren Nithercott, the main character, due to the demons’ wildness and propensity for destruction. They are actually based on real-life creatures, up-scaled in size.

From Chapter 1:

Orange skin with reptilian spikes covering it from head the toe, the demon crawled on all fours, stumbling into the debris of the wall it had destroyed on its descent, blinded by Seiren’s rune. Long curved claws clacked on the stone ground. A large mouth stretched across most of its face from ten feet high.

A bearded dragon.

The black and white lizard featured in end of Chapter 1 and throughout Chapter 2 is an Argentinian Black and White Tegu Lizard

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6 Writing Tips by Victoria Moschou

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Victoria Moschou is a book reviewer, blogger (Victorious Pages on WordPress), writer (VictoriaMoschou on Wattpad), and winner of the Ruined Childhoods contest hosted by Christine Bottas (Nyhterides) and I.

They say the expert in anything was once a beginner, and I totally agree on that! Of course, I can’t say that I’m an expert on writing fiction, writing blog posts or even sharing zen tips such as the previous one, yet after blogging for the last nine years and working seriously for the first time in my entire life on my WIPs for the past two, I think I’ve gained some experience and I’m a little bit wiser on that aspect than I were the day before. And, since I have a Mary Poppins mood today, I thought I should share that experience and wisdom with you!

So, apart from the obvious and basics, such as grammar rules, structure, punctuation, spelling and sentence construction, there are also a bunch of other rules and tips, not only beginners, but also those who claim to be more experienced, should respect and follow.

Disclaimer! I’m a perfectionist and an organising junkie, so I love lists; and this is going to be a long one. So, I’d suggest you sit back comfortably, get a cup of tea, or in my case coffee, and embrace everything you’re going to learn, or maybe read for the gazzillionth time! What’s certain is that you’re gonna leave this place with at least one new tip up in your sleeve!

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How would Hitler justify going to heaven?

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Paranormal Community‘s challenge this week is writing a short story on a character being at a crossroad to heaven or to hell. Lately as I’ve been editing Rune Mage and plotting for the sequel of March City, I’ve been thinking about villains.

More specifically, how every villain is the hero in their own story.

The prompt of “Who’s going to heaven or to hell” led me to think of another villain who’s definitely destined for hell, who will also definitely visualise themselves as a hero who deserves heaven, namely Adolf Hitler.

How would Hitler justify going to heaven? I ask myself.

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