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THE FLIGHT OF THE WITCHES

Researching is a big portion of the writer´s work. To me, ninety percent of the excitement of writing a novel comes from the research. You never know what life or fate is about to bring you for the good of your work. It keeps me in permanent learning of unexpected and extraordinary things. As part of the research for the current novel I am working ...
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The First Pages II

If you have read the first page of my novel as I presented in the "First Pages" article, two blog posts before, you may agree that it is engaging, yes, but it is almost empty. It has almost no details about the physical environment. The emotional state of the characters has not been exploited. Also, we have only a few sources to hook the readers' a...
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The Magic of writing

I am writing this immediately after finishing my last article, because something amazing happened; something that I wanted to share with all of you. I am going to talk about a specific theme to be inserted in my boring plot and the mysterious event around its development. Read the last article to know what this boring plot is. At some point, I will...
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The First Pages

In this article, we are taking a break to play with the previously discussed concepts. If we have digested those concepts, we could have some fun. In the first part of this post, I am going to talk about things which, although they could be obvious consequences of what has been said in our last post, they gravitate subtly around the matter and they...
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The weaving of a story: Intertwining character, plot, and themes.

Although I believe that everything in a story is there for a reason, I also believe that not everything is there for a direct contribution to the plot. There could be comments that emphasized the peculiar outfits in a no less particular region or medieval town. It is possible to inform the reader about, for example, the economic consequences of the...
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Reflective Writing

I already have told you about the use of meditation during my creative process. My method promotes a subconscious state of creative alertness that works permanently even in sleep. It awakes your Jungian "Active Imagination" as a tool for artistic creation. "Reflective Writing" is not part of the meditation itself, but they go hand in hand. Every w...
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Story Structure

  I am pretty sure that you don't want to revisit the same concepts you have learned before about narrative plots and story structure. Instead, you may be expecting to read about the practicality of these concepts applied to a real-life example. There are plenty of resources out there, including extensive books and free video tutorials as well...
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The idea beyond the story.

All of these examples are by themselves good stories, but the idea behind them goes way beyond that. One example from antiquity "Oedipus The King" is considered a masterpiece of ancient Greek tragedy. In this tragedy, Oedipus has become the king of Thebes. He doesn't realize his actions are fulfilling a prophecy. The prophecy said that he would kil...
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The initial idea

  As we established in the last blog, there are so many opinions about this topic. It seems that there are as many ways to obtain creative ideas as there are writers. We can go from Margaret Atwood's method to begin a story, which implies no initial idea, to systemic ways to find ideas. Some writers read other writer's works to get their own i...
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Welcome to the Magical Mystery Course

​You are invited to participate in this Experimental Writing Project. This is an open and interactive project in which we will go throughout the process of creating a novel from scratch, reviewing the most common theories, and going some steps further. Instead of buying expensive courses, we intend to share the knowledge we have accumulated as writ...
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How does a story begin?

​ The question seems to be inherent and ubiquitous both in the field of aspiring writers and among the public. It would seem that there are as many answers as writers. With some difficulty, it is possible to start taxonomizing responses in species and subspecies. One finds that they can be distributed over a broad spectrum that ranges from the most...
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