“Butt in Chair.”

Over the past couple of years BIC has become something of a mantra here at Magical Words, and it remains some of the best advice we as a group have given. If you want to be a writer, you have to write. Simple as that. Or not. In fact, there is more to it than that, and I’m thinking about it this morning as I confront another blank post screen on the MW website. Writing professionally is not only about writing, but often about writing to a deadline, writing on demand, churning out content on a regular basis. Every Sunday, I write my Monday post for MW, and quite often it takes me a while to come up with a topic for my post. It’s hard, after literally hundreds of posts about writing, to come up with something original and relevant and, we hope, entertaining.

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Character Development – Show Me

We were down yesteday due to hosting problems. Happy to be back up and running! This week at, I will build on the character development part of last week’s blog and show how I created and developed Thorn St. Croix for the Rogue Mage series: BloodRing, Seraphs, and Host. I feel that you need to know a bit about the series-world so you can see how the setting itself is part of the book’s conflict, and how the world affects, shapes, and changes the character and becomes part of the plot, especially in an urban fantasy (or any fantasy) novel. So here is the publisher’s version of the series blurb.


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