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Music and Writing

Read about musical inspiration from Joan Hall in today’s Story Empire post!

Story Empire

Hi, SE Readers, Joan here today. I love music (and of course writing), so today’s post is about how music can inspire stories and invoke memories. So without further ado…

Music has always been a big part of my life. From my earliest recollections, there was always music in our home. My mother told me she kept a radio playing in my room when I was an infant. Because my brother is twelve years older and he is also a big music fan, so at a young age, I became interested in the music of the sixties.

I was a teenager in the seventies, so the music of that era is probably my favorite, although some songs are best left there. And while I enjoy a variety of music, Classic Rock is my favorite. The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Jefferson Starship, and of course The Beatles are among my favorite…

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I haven’t ready Stephen R. Donaldson in a long while so this is interesting!

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let readers share their excitement for books coming out soon, and the novel I’m eagerly awaiting is . . .

borderseventh decimateSeventh Decimate by Stephen R. Donaldson

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Great God’s War #1

Publisher: Berkley (November 14, 2017)

Length: 320 pages

Author Information: Website

Fire. Wind. Pestilence. Earthquake. Drought. Lightning. These are the six Decimates, wielded by sorcerers for both good and evil.

But a seventh Decimate exists–the most devastating one of all…

For centuries, the realms of Belleger and Amika have been at war, with sorcerers from both sides brandishing the Decimates to rain blood and pain upon their enemy. But somehow, in some way, the Amikans have discovered and invoked a seventh Decimate, one that strips all lesser sorcery of its power. And now the Bellegerins stand defenseless.

Prince Bifalt, eldest…

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Guest post: world-building tips from author K.M. Cooper

Good post about fantasy world-building – using these kinds of ideas in my newest projects…

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Today I welcome another guest to share more tips on world-building, following Craig Munro’s great post from last week.

mewriterselfieK. M. Cooper is a creative director and self-professed Jacqueline-of-all-trades who specializes in fiction writing and world building. Her first book, Hub City Survival, is a zombie horror novella based in her hometown of Moncton, NB. She currently resides there with her husband–actor Brad Butland–daughter Amelia, and two very distracting cats.

In my many years of writing fiction, I have found fantasy world-building to be my favorite non-writing-but-still-writing-related activity. There’s nothing like the feeling of creating whatever your imagination fancies and throwing your characters in to interact organically with your chosen environment, and being able to lose yourself within the world you have created.

I’d like to discuss a few tips and tricks to help you along during your journey to build a fantasy world that not only…

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