Laura Harris. Fantasy author.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.


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Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!

Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎

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8 August 2014, 12:01pm


Below the cut you’ll find a masterlist of links to resources specializing in combat. The masterlist covers topics such as the military, hand to hand combat, injuries, firearms, and various other weapons. If you have anything you’d like to add to the masterlist then feel free to send me a message.

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7 August 2014, 12:01pm

She said it out loud, the words distributed into a room that was full of cold air and books. Books everywhere! Each wall was armed with overcrowded yet immaculate shelving. It was barely possible to see paintwork. There were all different styles and sizes of lettering on the spines of the black, the red, the gray, the every-colored books. It was one of the most beautiful things Liesel Meminger had ever seen.

With wonder, she smiled.

That such a room existed!

— 出典:Markus Zusak; The Book Thief
4 August 2014, 12:01pm
Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration.
— 出典:Ralph Keyes (via writingquotes)
Anonymous asked:
HI, I recently finished Kindling Ashes and really enjoyed it! I was just wondering - how're you planning to release the second? I don't know how LuLu is planning on dealing with series from the NaNo winners... Are they leaving you to fend for yourself? I'm very much looking forward to it anyway, however it comes out :)

Hi, thanks! I’m glad you liked it :) I’m currently in the process of writing the sequel and I intend to publish it through Lulu again. I won’t get all the perks again from winning the competition as I did with Kindling Ashes but it still seems the best way to go. 

3 August 2014, 12:01pm

Writing Research - Ancient Rome


Ancient Rome was an Italic civilization that began on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC. Located along the Mediterranean Sea and centered on the city of Rome, it expanded to become one of the largest empires in the ancient world with an estimated 50 to 90 million inhabitants (roughly 20% of the world’s population) and covering 6.5 million square kilometers (2.5 million sq mi) during its height between the first and second centuries AD.

In its approximately 12 centuries of existence, Roman civilization shifted from a monarchy to a classical republic to an increasingly autocratic empire. Through conquest and assimilation, it came to dominate Southern and Western Europe, Asia Minor, North Africa, and parts of Northern and Eastern Europe, Rome was preponderant throughout the Mediterranean region and was one of the most powerful entities of the ancient world. It is often grouped into “Classical Antiquity” together with ancient Greece, and their similar cultures and societies are known as the Greco-Roman world. [x]


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2 August 2014, 12:01pm
If there were a magic one-size-fits-all recipe, someone most certainly already would have sold it and would be a multi-bajillionare by now. But alas, there is no set-in-stone formula to get published. It stands to reason that the key elements of any publishing formula would include (but would not be limited to): coming up with a great idea, working hard at perfecting it, writing constantly, building your platform and hoping upon hope you get lucky. My experience has been that the last element is just as important as all the rest. Of course, if you do all the rest, you put yourself in the best position to be prepared when luck finds you.
— 出典:Brian A. Klems
Anonymous asked:
Would a city over the ocean be plausible? It would be completely surrounded by water, land would be days away, it would not be built on an island, and it would have to be big enough to hold thousands of people.

Yes, if you answer the following questions:

  • Where is the food coming from? The city is either growing it somewhere within the city or it’s coming in by boat from another location. Eating meat will probably be difficult, because it takes a lot of grain to raise one cow (the city might not have the acreage to support a feedlot) and because fishing in the open sea is only seasonally successful.
  • Where is the water coming from? The easiest answer is that the city has massive desalinization works somewhere on premises. Just make it clear that the citizens aren’t drinking saltwater.
  • What do they do in storms? Whether it’s a typhoon or a rough patch of wind, the city needs something to protect itself from +30 ft. seas. (At least they don’t need to worry about tsunamis.) Walls? Energy barriers? Stilts? 
  • What’s holding it up? Something needs to keep millions if not billions of tons of city above the water. Since you said it’s not on an island, it needs to be something manmade. If so, perhaps there are complications associated with the support. Maybe the system can only support X weight, so civilians are only allowed to weigh X, have X lbs. of things, etc.
  • Where is the power coming from? The power to keep shields working, the power to keep lights on, etc. Hydropower, wind power, and solar power would probably work best, but if you wanted to ship billions of gallons of gasoline out to the city, you could do that.
  • How has the culture adapted to living at sea? You can’t just plop a city in the middle of the ocean and expect it to look like every other city. The city’s isolation may give rise to strange behaviors, trends, and ideologies. The city’s location on the sea could make land commodities like flowers and animals special/expensive. The industry in the city could give rise to a different ruling elite.
  • Here is my general post on making a city
Anonymous asked:
Cliches to avoid when making a fantasy college for both magic and regular studies?

Think of Hogwarts. Most of the things that make Hogwarts Hogwarts have become cliche as far as magic colleges go. More specifically,

  • Magic students are secluded/treated as better. *eyeroll* More interaction between the wizards and the muggles, please.
  • The college is super secret. This is because, in most fantasy stories, magic cannot under any circumstances be shown to vanilla humans, because they’ll either exploit it or murder the magic users. You could try for tolerance, especially since the college is for magic and regular users.

I wish academic fantasies would focus more on schoolwork and studying too, but that’s just my opinion. I can’t imagine trying to save the world on top of five term papers due tomorrow. I also wish academic fantasy would spend more time on the teachers outside of the classroom.

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