A World of Magic (part 2.) – Introducing your Readers to your Magic System

❝I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.❞ -R. A. SALVATORE, Streams of Silver. A good understanding of your Magic System is like the foundations of a…

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A World of Magic (part 1.) – Creating a Magic System

❝That's the thing with magic. You've got to know it's still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.❞ - Charles de Lint Magic in literature-  Magic has always been a part of literature, from the days of Homer in ancient Greece, down through the old tales of King Arthur and countless…

Discovering a Character’s Voice

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”  - Ernest Hemingway. When reading a book we all want to connect to the characters. We want to feel their pain or their happiness, to relate to their relationships and respond to the way they act and…

A Gift of Love

Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought. ― Yip Harburg I once heard an argument between two musician friends of mine. Sitting at the cafeteria in the Music Academy, they were talking about famous pop and folk singers. One person was advocating for listening mainly to singers who…

When Inspiration Strikes

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." - Pablo Picasso What is Inspiration? Where does it come from? As an artist, this subject is constantly on my mind. It comes usually as a new idea, along with a sudden burst of willpower to create. This is a state of intense energy. Everything seems to…