On building a magic system for “Porselein”

I’m currently busy with the planning and outlining of Porselein (that is to say, version 2.0 after I got my brainwave post chapter 4). Building a new magic system has been quite interesting as I’m so used to either working within the sphere of the Ruon Chronicles, or using handwavium to put something together forContinue reading “On building a magic system for “Porselein””

How to Make Characters Come Alive

Or, it’s aliiiiiiive! Mwahahaha! I’m currently busy with the character sheets for the novel Porselein I’m writing. The five sheets are taking quite a bit of time to complete as I’m being very thorough (not just for myself, but also because it is part of my writing course homework!). These characters are my main, importantContinue reading “How to Make Characters Come Alive”

How I Outline My Stories

I specifically didn’t want to do a “How to”-article as I know there are about as many ways of outlining as there are writers. Rather, I would like to show you how I outline stories (or novels) – maybe it will help you, who knows! My main way of outlining makes use of a macroContinue reading “How I Outline My Stories”

The last writing update of 2017!

With just half a month to go until 2018, I thought it best to give a last update on my writing for 2017 as well as looking forward to 2018. Patreon fiction – The Box of Secrets and The Ruon Chronicles The Box of Secrets have stalled a bit over October and November as IContinue reading “The last writing update of 2017!”

Flash Fiction: And He Wore Green in His Beret

This flash piece was written for Microcosms last Friday. My prompts were “soldier”, “aftermath of war”, “post-apocalyptic”. And He Wore Green in His Beret “You know what tomorrow is, don’t you?” his son asked, looking up at him, his eyes large and brown. Aliel sighed and glanced at the rusted metal trunk that held hisContinue reading “Flash Fiction: And He Wore Green in His Beret”

My NaNoWriMo 2017 Novel!

At last! My NaNoWriMo novel for 2017 has a premise! Behold! (I wrote it in English, but the book is still going to be in Afrikaans… for now.) In a world where the mask you wear and the magic imbued therein can literally determine your social station, talented mask maker Liza-Rose Emmerly wants nothing moreContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo 2017 Novel!”

Celebrations for NaNoWriMo 2017 start!

or, a super kickoff party This year’s theme for National Novel Writing Month is superheroes. So, this year’s survival packets were wrapped in a Spider-man bag and even contained coffee and sugar as well (as it should!). Held at Doppio Zero in Rosebank, Johannesburg, we celebrated the impending Month of Writing, pimped our plots, andContinue reading “Celebrations for NaNoWriMo 2017 start!”

NaNoWriMo Prep 2017 – A Cover and Initial Feedback

It’s nearly the middle of October and, though I wish I could say that my planning is in full swing, it’s more like in half swing… It’s not that I have lost the muse or anything, it’s just that apart from being busy I went and became ill for nearly a whole week. Well, IContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Prep 2017 – A Cover and Initial Feedback”

Current WIPs, Short Story Accepted, and NaNoWriMo 2017

Writing update time! So, I have ended up doing quite a bit of writing, but feeling like I am not really getting anywhere because the writing consists of so much planning. Worldbuilding different worlds, changing my mind The previous NaNoWriMo’s had me knowing exactly what I want to write and what I would spend theContinue reading “Current WIPs, Short Story Accepted, and NaNoWriMo 2017”