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  1. I didn't mean "us" as in "all writers", I meant the others in this thread who called on the description genie. I can only speak for myself here, but I do see most things clearly when writing a scene, but the immense work it takes to make those descriptions really interesting and entertaining for others to read... Well, that can be really intimidating. Even though I work hard on descriptions late in the editing process, trying to making them crisp and precise and entertaining, I often struggle to be 100% pleased with them. You're lucky you can write all your descriptions in the first draft in a way that pleases you. I'm jealous. :)
  2. Yeah, what is about description that makes us fight it? Maybe because if it's done badly it really drags down a story, and we feel the pressure of that. Keeping my fingers crossed for that genie to appear before I get into editing. :) Oh, very true, all we need is proper motivation. We can definitely get better at most everything in writing, with enough practise, but it's so much more fun to just write and lean on the stuff we're already good at... I'm definitely guilty of that, lol! Ditto! 😄
  3. Bands of witches ( just that is so freaking cool!), looking like a mix of pirates, fur trappers and Celtic Warriors, that is just the most amazing mix I've ever heard of! I just got really excited reading your comment, because the witches in my Middle Grade WIP have a pirate heritage even though they've settled in a small bay community now. But that community has deep roots in the old pirate traditions, so yeah, I definitely watch Pirates of the Caribbean for that, lol! Pirates and witches have so much in common, like the love of freedom and independence, and like you said about POTC; a particular way of life that's disappearing. Being despised, feared and hunted, that goes for both of them too. The mythologies are so much fun in those movies, very magical and fantasy-esque, I just love them. And of course, a lot of cool sea/pirate slang to work with. :) Music is fantastic, and the epic music you talk about is definitely like a call to write, because it's filling the head with new worlds magically. I listen a lot to the album Rogue's Gallery now (old sea shanties recorded by modern artists) and there are definitely lyrical phrases, like you talk about, that are super-inspiring. There's one song about a sailor complaining about a bad fiddler who's ruining the day and just won't stop playing, lol! It's a funny song, but inbetween the whining about this fiddler, there are some beautiful poetic lines: Summer deep, embowered in flowers silent music, in the hours in the east a feather moon... and that fiddler out of tune! It makes me wanna write some sea shanties for my old witches. 😄 Also, I loved to hear about the Supernatural-connection in your work. Big fan here, and it's an amazing source of inspiration. The different character relationships are so much fun, and also the legends and myths used in that, it really kickstarts the imagination big time. :)
  4. Definitely DESCRIPTION. I hold off description until I'm at the editing rounds, and during the first draft it's all (Describe this!), in brackets, all over the pages. And even when I do get to it (during a lot of squirming and whining) I probably still miss out on a lot of the sense descriptions. When I manage to describe a smell or something in the first draft, I'm always like "Wow! Look at me, being a writer and all!" But it's rare. I don't really know why I hate it so much, but it's probably because just describing something straight up is so dull to me, so it takes a lot of work and many hours to get my descriptions to a place where I'm somewhat happy with them. So, please, magical genie, make me a brilliant description writer who doesn't have to sweat word choices and who can smell things besides my computer overheating. If any magic spills over, I'd like it put towards world-building. Cheers.
  5. Oh, yes, I'm exactly the same, and get very influenced by media, so I hesitate to read and watch something too different from my story. :) Music is awesome, I usually use it to heighten my mood by playing something fast and fun (dixiejazz works really well for me), especially if I need to write something really light-hearted. For some reason I default to a more serious mood, and have to fight my way into the funny stuff I want to write, so I often have to read some Pratchett or Wodehouse to find that light mood before I start writing. And also, like you, for their technique. I find it's really useful during editing to look up certain things, like snappy description.
  6. Oh, that sounds incredible, Mynoris! I also like to write Victorian and even Regency to some extent, but I haven't been brave enough yet to write Renaissance. Might do someday, because the era is fascinating with so many things happening. Like a thousand different areas to pick and choose from. That you make up your own worlds, that's very cool. Even if I invent a country or a city, it's usually pretty much based on something existing. :)
  7. I don't think you should write in any other setting than the one you love, so I'm so glad to hear that. :) The epic medieval genre has so many fans, and it's the most popular fantasy-genre, so even though some people want different settings, they seem to be a minority (just a very visible one, because controversy is exciting, lol!). And I don't want to change the traditional epic fantasy either, I just stay away from it, like any other genre that doesn't really give me what I want in a book. That the medieval epic fantasy involves so many people and they get into everything surrounding it, like role-playing and making costumes, is great. Aesthetically I do like it. The stories just don't give me the same kind of surprises and entertainment that other fantasy genres do. So if a dragon turns up in a Steampunk story, I'm all for dragons. 😄
  8. I heard the expression "Tone-text" on an episode of Writing Excuses, meaning a writer prepares to write their story by reading a text (fiction or non-fiction) that will get them in the mood for writing and to pick up the right tone for the story. One of the podcasters who writes historical fantasy used research texts from the relevant era as a tone-text, another used a certain piece of music to get into the headspace of their character. So I was wondering if this is a common thing amongst you WS-writers. Do you use a "tone-text" for your current project? What is it, and how does it work for you?
  9. One might think, lol! No, I just know this is sensitive topic on a fantasy forum where a lot of people write epics, so instead of going into specifics, I tried to lighten it a bit. The joke didn't land for everyone, though. 😄 I think I just have a problem with traditionally trope-heavy genres (I also don't enjoy crime fiction or romance for the same reason), the stories just appear so similar in too many aspects. The popular epic fantasy books I tried in recent years didn't surprise me at all, they just seemed to be pretty much what I read as a teen.
  10. Maybe the most unpopular opinion in this whole thread: I don't like the epic faux-medieval fantasy. Everything that genre is built on, like the bulky descriptions for immersion, the detailed magic systems, the kings and queens, the quests, the battles and big-scale politics... Basically everything that fans adore about this genre, that's the stuff that makes me squirm: "Get that dragon away from me!" It's a big problem for me. Most of the writers I talk to about writing, yeah, they write this genre, and I have never read any of the books they discuss (except stuff that's really old and I hardly remember because I was in my teens). I also have to explain all the time to people that it's the subgenres of fantasy that I enjoy, because most regular people only think Tolkien and Martin when they hear "fantasy". I don't ever have any advice to give when it comes to sewing your own cloak or if this or that sword is too heavy to lift for a woman. I don't know how a stew is seasoned, or how to skin a rabbit. I'm epically challenged, and thank you for this opportunity to address my troubles.
  11. Pinchofmagic

    Hi :)

    Hi Sam! Welcome to the forums, and I hope you'll like it here. Your main work in progress, the urban fantasy one, sounds amazing, and definitely something I'd read. :)
  12. If you magically could become great at one aspect of writing, what would you pick?
  13. If you could spend a 24 hour-vacation in any location of your world, who would you stay with and what would you do?
  14. For any middle grade fantasy writers, here are some links I found really inspiring and helpful when it comes to writing for this demographic: https://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-to-write-middle-grade-horror-7-tips http://middlegrademinded.blogspot.com/2017/06/3-essential-strategies-for-writing.html http://middlegrademinded.blogspot.com/2014/04/4-healthy-ways-expand-your-story.html http://middlegrademinded.blogspot.com/2016/09/what-makes-great-middle-grade-character.html http://middlegrademinded.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-dreaded-i-just-didnt-connect.html To get into the mood, here are Youtube-links to audiobooks, like the "Lemony Snicket"-series (narrated by excellent Tim Curry) and "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'engle. First book in the Lemony Snicket series "A Bad Beginning": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSkptxt_lnA&t=9788s A Wrinkle in Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujmqOhMoFk4&t=6562s