My Kingdom for a topic . . .


Ideas are a dime a dozen . . . in fiction. But ideas for a blog about writing fiction that has been up and running for over five years and is absolutely busting with great information? Well, today I find myself short on an idea for a topic that hasn’t already been covered.

So, I thought I’d ask you guys what you’d like to hear more about? What kind of topics haven’t we covered in depth? (or at least not recently?) What are you currently struggling with in your own work that you would like to see future posts on here at magical words? Tell me what you’d like a post on (or multiple posts as each of us here at MW have our own style and way of doing things)? I’ll gather up all the topic ideas and put them in a MW-future-post-treasure-chest, one I shall raid quite heavily when I stumble onto a day when I just don’t know what to say.

The floor is yours! What do you want me (us) to post about?


14 comments to My Kingdom for a topic . . .

  • Megan B.

    Maybe something about the different types of writing careers one might have? I’ve been thinking lately about my own career goals, and recently made an adjustment that took a lot of weight off my shoulders. I have decided to focus on short stories and novellas rather than novels. There might be other writers who are working out similar issues for themselves. I suspect there are many ways to be a successful and happy writer.

  • Ken

    What was the last “Don’t ever break this rule”, rule that you broke and did it work?

  • sagablessed

    What is your strangest writing ritual, or do you have any?
    Also, pickle chiffon pie. Run with it.

  • Ken

    Oh…what do you listen to when you’re writing (if you listen to anything)? If you do listen to anything, does the work influence the playlist (e.g. I just can’t get a solid romantic scene written without DeathMole playing at 11)?

  • Hepseba ALHH

    Yay! I was just thinking last night that I could *really* use a Magical-Words post on Endings. Not on how to write the ending but on how to figure out what it should be. How do I figure out how the nifty conflict ideas I’m working on can be resolved, should be resolved, what is the scope that the ending needs to address and satisfy?

    My husband’s thoughts on the matter involved identifying the personal issues and developmental hurdles unique to the main characters and making sure that addressing those hurdles is tied in with the method of conflict resolution, and that seems like a good place to start, but I’m still at sea. As an example, my WIP is a multi-volume story that’s epic-ish fantasy, but what I don’t want is for the final portions to turn into a big battle between opposing armies and the good guys are simply victorious and take power. But how to I explore my other options within the context of my world and the story I’m trying to tell?

    I know, I know, you’re not even *supposed* to start a story unless you know how it ends, but I’ve never been able to figure out endings, and I’d just have to not write if I followed that rule…

  • A while back AJ asked us what we would do if we needed to pivot / redefine ourselves as writers. Looking back at my own answer and a lot of the others, I think we might need help thinking further outside the box. So, I’m going to change my answer and request a new topic. If I had to change my identity as a writer, I’d try the switch to cozy mysteries. But I have a hard time inventing crimes that take more than 5 seconds to solve. My request then is 1) can we have more posts on how to write whodunnit? A lot of urban fantasy involves this too, so I think the MW writers will have a lot of good insight. 2) Can we have more about how to go about remarketing oneself?

  • Nathan Elberg

    I would like to see more about tight vs. verbose writing. Can you properly create a mood with the former? When do you lose the reader with the latter?

  • I wrote a character that I think has promise, but there’s something missing – he’s just not as interesting as I thought he would be. What might help us to write better characters who deliver?

  • Razziecat

    I second the request for some “how to” on mystery plots. Lately I’ve had glimmerings of various ideas for stories that are basically who-dunnits, and I’d welcome some pointers on how to work with this in fantasy/science fiction.

    I’d also dearly love to see some focus on short stories. Is there a market for them? Are sword & sorcery short works selling, or are editors buying more short fantasy of the “speculative” variety? Do the same trends currently hot in novels–vampires, demons, urban fantasy–exist in short fiction?

  • I would love to see a few posts on writing horror or thriller with fantasy plots. This is mostly what I write, since I love my fantasy dark. I feel as though I’m floating in the clouds letting the wind push here and there. Slowly, I’m finding authors who write in that genre but not many blogs about it ( or how to blogs rather).

  • I’d like to see more about using Scrivener, and maybe some disucssion on different methods and/or tools used for plotting.

  • I third the request for more on plotting and writing mysteries. Also, I’d like to read more about how to develop and incorporate subplots that will deepen the main plot and also come together in the smooth braid David wrote about a while ago.

  • I’m reading, and taking notes 🙂

  • It might have been covered elsewhere, and I missed it, but I’d like to hear more about romantic arcs in fantasy, rather than a romance where it is the main arc. Is it necessary, where does it peak (I think I’ve read it’s better to have it peak before the big battle). Difference between standalone books and series, in dealing with romantic tension. You know, anything anybody wants to weigh in on. 🙂