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The language you choose…

…determines the result of your story. I’m currently translating fairytales, and I found that they have a very unique rhythm. Just take the beginning and ending of a typical¬†fairytale. It always starts with “Once upon a time…” and more...

Character Sheets

I’ve been introduced to the idea of character sheets for writing quite late into the process. I knew character sheets from gaming, where you record the strengths and weaknesses of a character, and note changes like level ups and so on, but for writing this never...

Twisted Religions

Religions fascinate me from a storytelling point of view. Every real-life religion has a ton of stories. There’s a creation myth, exploits of the various gods or associated characters, and a bunch of tales to illustrate how one should or should not behave. Then...

Decisions, decisions…

In my plotline, one of the characters travelling in a group gets separated from the rest and has to strike out on her own. So far, so good. When I first came up with my plotline, she got separated quite early on in the story. It provided me with two separate...

Aaarrgh, it’s gone!

I’ve misplaced my map. Aaaaaaaah ! I have a map of the places where my Spice Trader stories take place, where I note their route as they go along, and draw in places that are mentioned or referred to, alternative routes, and so on. Alright, there are so many...