Editing My First Draft: Writing Exposition

The system I have in place has been going quite well. Here’s a preview of the editing key I created on Instagram.

It took me a couple of hours just to edit six pages…out of 470ish? Haha. It’s great fun, actually. After stressing over the ending and coming back to the beginning, the ending looks clearer and easier to manage. For now, I’m at the beginning, relearning how to write exposition well. I found a great video for that actually.

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This is the same channel I recommended on my Magic Systems post. I’m definitely going to be sharing more resources in the future. I’m hunting for them constantly and get excited when they have damn good advice. Hope this helps anyone who needs it. Speaking of which, here are two of the books I’m currently studying right now, just to get the basics down and start thinking outside the box. Click on the pictures to check them out.

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft 9th ed. by Janet Burroway, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and Ned Stuckey-French – Great for learning the basics of fiction and storytelling and good for review. I’m pretty sure I got this book in college.

Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot by Jane K. Cleland – I bought this a couple years ago. More than anything, this book reminds you to keep your audience in mind and helps you keep your writing fresh and inventive.

Hope that helps anyone who needs it. I’m grateful to have them…obviously

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The Epistolary Novel

Further information on the epistolary style.

The Edible Eighteenth Century

The Epistolary Novel refers to a work made up entirely of letters.  This style of writing coined its name from the Latin word, ”epistola” which means letter.  Aphra Behn first wrote the epistolary form in the 17th century in a novel titled Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and his Sister.  In this unprecedented style of writing, Behn actually included the voice of a narrator, which he interjected between the letters.  This addition, however, was not typical of the Epistolary form, which became widely popular in the 18th century. 

As the Epistolary novel became a form people wanted to read more of and authors wanted to write, three different types emerged: a monologic work, a dialogic work, and a polylogic work.  A monologic epistolary novel only contains letters written by one character.  The monologic style can be seen in Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s The Sorrows of a Young Werther.  A dialogic…

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What is Animism? [Video]

I found an excellent video by Arithmetic Härger who discusses Animism so wonderfully! It’s about 30 minutes and worth the time.

I’m going to stop disappearing

Although I’m kind of active on social media, I’ve been slipping away from WordPress and I don’t want that because it’s basically my platform for creative content and my business.

Well then…let’s knock off that bad habit.

A Horror Short Story is Coming

I was hesitant at first, but I finally have mapped out the plot for my first horror short story that takes place in the world of my novel series. I thought maybe it would’ve been wiser to pick a story that’s more basic, but I think this will be a great way to start world building.

Once I think of a good summary, I shall post it.

Found an Esoteric/Occult eBook resource (along with other works) – Research

So I found Global Grey, a website with all sorts of eBooks on the occult, history, philosophy, feminism, religion, and more. The website offers the whole collection for twenty pounds. I came across this while I was doing research on Baruch Spinoza. I’ll be writing an article about him soon.

Abe Books is also a great place to get a discount on books if you prefer them in print. They have A LOT of old books that are hard to find.

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The Inspiration for “Elemental Magic – Earth”

This is about my recent stream of consciousness piece, “Elemental Magic – Earth

I’ve been studying Earth’s associations in life for a long while. Many sources had similar answers so eventually I decided to describe what Earth represented in my own way. I think what I loved most about writing this was being focused on life and death; those two things are truly tangible, inevitable truths all of us witness and will experience. She is our first and last teacher.