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Creating Characters Your Readers Will Love – How to Make Your Characters Stand Out

It’s time for the third serial, friends! And this one is all about the most important aspect of our stories – your characters! If you’d like to catch up with any of the previous lessons, you can do so here.

Before we really get to the heart of things, I’m just giving you an overview today so you know what to expect. It should be enough info that you won’t need to read the following posts if you don’t want to, but if you’d rather have more info you’ll get it over the weeks to come 😉 And there’s a free character questionnaire at the end of this post! Read on or scroll down now to download it if you wish to (it is free…)

So, how do you make your characters stand out? Creating flat, unbelievable characters is easily done, but it can be easily avoided, too. If you want your characters to shine, they need:

Both of these together form the very foundation of your characters. Everyone wants something, and everyone is scared of something, so your characters need to reflect that if you want them to be believable. Their fears will be what hold them back and either send them into paralysis or get their adrenaline pumping. Their goals are their motivation to do, well, anything!

You can be as versatile as you want. Your characters can be afraid of failure, of the dark, of their parent beating them again when they get home, or of the impossibility of certainty when you can’t even be sure of your own existence. They can dream of landing that job they’ve applied for, of having a large family, of gaining financial security, or of looking at themselves in the mirror one day without hating what they see. Either way, your characters fears and dreams will greatly inform what they do.

If your book shows them struggle with the former and aim for the latter, you’re off to a good start!

I know it might be tempting to create a super character with all strengths and no flaws, but that’s precisely what’s going to make your little fictional babies unbelievable. The weaknesses are just as important as the strengths, friends! Weaknesses can include anything from being bad at public speaking to a massive gambling problem. Strengths can be just as versatile, and can cover anything from always remaining positive no matter the situation to being a survivor, and anything in between.

In two weeks we’ll look a little closer at this and I’ll provide examples then, too, so be sure to look out for that! 🙂

Unlike strengths and weaknesses, personality quirks are small and more subtle, but can seriously break your readers if used well. For example, you might have a character who has to pet every stray cat she finds (who doesn’t, right?), or you might have a character who hates raw tomatoes but tolerates them on sandwiches and burgers (I’m just describing myself now…). Quirks like these really help your characters come to life, but be careful. It’s easy to give our characters oddities just for the sake of it, but you’re job isn’t done there. Make sure the quirks are relevant, maybe even related to a specific trait (a fidgety character might twirl her daggers a lot, or be jumpy), and your characters will be much stronger for it.

If you don’t know where to start, work backwards. Get to know your characters a little first, then figure out their quirks from there!

No one is perfect. Not in real life, and not in fiction, either. I recently read a book I won’t name in which the MC had everything – a wonderful Mum, perfect adoptive parents later, all of the talent, fantastic group of friends, and an easy start into a new school where she was instantly accepted, even by the jocks. No weaknesses. No flaws. Just the perfect life in her perfect bubble.

Your readers will struggle to relate and care about your character. Even the hero of your story needs flaws, friends! If you’re new to all this it might seem counterproductive to give your MC negative traits, but we all have them, my dear. Your characters need to have them, too.

Your character’s life doesn’t begin with the first chapter. Our precious fictional young’uns have led interesting lives before Chapter One – The Beginning! If you don’t think so, then it’s your job to figure out what you’re missing. Something has put your characters on the paths that lead to them being introduced in your books – be that main character, all-important sidekick, or side character – and it’s important you know what happened to them. You don’t need to be as thorough as having a timeline with their educational history, dates of when they were applying for university, job hunting,  to and from dates of every relationship ever held, and so on, but you do need to know enough to confidently say, “This is what my character went through. This is why he is who he is today.”

Our history and past experiences shape us, after all!

Or perhaps that should be especially the villains? I mean, your MCs shouldn’t be so despicable that your readers need help liking them!

From your villain’s POV, this redeemable quality might be their weakness. Even your villain appreciates something. Not every villain is a cold, heartless creature of darkness! Villains have motivations, too – chaos for the sake of chaos is fine every now and again, but a villain with a personal reason is all the more terrifying. Maybe he even feels that this quality is holding them back in their quest to world domination? Gotta love a good villain with strong morals…

Your characters shouldn’t be the same people at the end of your book as they were at the start. They’ve just been on some kind of journey; show us what they learned! Your character might start out shy but slowly become more outgoing as your plot progresses. One character might start out scared of everything and everyone, but learn how to stand up for himself.

This is such an important step, because you can really touch your readers with this. All of us are on our own journeys, and if you can write a character who reflects some of what we go through – and, more importantly, shows her come out stronger at the end – you’ve got a winner! This is why fears are so important. Can your character learn to conquer what terrifies him? Drop him into his worst case scenario and see how he copes – and don’t forget to include it in your book!

I know figuring all this out can be daunting, never mind difficult. Don’t panic if you don’t have all the answers when you start writing; chances are they’ll come to you as you go. Many books have been written on character creation, and you’ll find heaps upon heaps of websites aiming to help you with this. My own favourite two ways are to just start writing and let the characters introduce themselves as and when they’re ready, and my character questionnaire. I can’t help you with the former so well – trust your precious fictional babies and they will open up eventually! – but I can help you with the latter! That’s right, it’s FREEBIE TIME! I’m making my character questionnaire of 35 questions (I found some with a hundred questions or more online, but gawd, who has the time for that? I’ve got too many characters for that!) available to you, right here:

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If you can ask yourself, “What would [name of your beloved character here] do?” in any situation, you’ve got it sussed out!

How do you make your characters stand out? I hope that the next few weeks answer every question you have regarding character creation. If they don’t, ask away. Or just stay and chat, if you fancy. There’s tea and cookies if you do <3


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An Update on Wardens of Archos (There’s an Excerpt, Too!)

My, it’s been a while since I’ve last done a progress update! How have you been? 😀

As usual I’m trying to do a hundred things at once (or it feels like I am, anyway – if anyone knows how to contact Satan, let me know. I’m ready to sign that contract for more hours in my day now.) and to be honest I’m tired and I have no idea how people juggle a full-time day job, raising their children, writing, keeping their partners happy, and maintaining their house so it doesn’t fall apart. It’s sorcery, it must be. (They’ve probably signed that contract… So someone knows how to get in touch… Email. Me.)

What I’m currently trying to juggle are my edits on Wardens of Archos, my part-time day job, editing jobs (by the way, you can officially book me from July! Take a look here for more details.), keeping my cat and partner happy, and ignoring all the housework that needs doing but which I have no time to do. So, if you’re someone who balances everything perfectly without getting tired and/or stressed, please tell me how you do it. I wouldn’t mind some pointers :’)

My familiar is still very involved.

The edits on Wardens of Archos are going well. My editor is doing a developmental edit and guys. It’s gonna be good. I’m loving her suggestions and I’m loving how much it’s improved already. Two critique partners are going over it, too, and I’m doing my own edit at the same time. We’re cutting and adding in (almost) equal measures 😛 I’m adding all comments to my printed version and will apply all changes once I’ve finished going over it. Once that’s done I’ll be ready for betas 😉 However, there’s a lot to do and not much time to do it in, and I don’t want to rush it. I’m also trying not to feel bad about how long it’s taking, but I’d rather have a 3rd draft I’m happy with than one I’ve rushed through and missed a bunch of mistakes.

I’m currently hoping to publish it in August/September, but nobody hold me to that. (Or do, actually!)

By the time I get to Darkened Light it’ll have had a nice long break!

If you’ve signed up for my newsletter you might know that work on the cover for Wardens of Archos has begun! In theory I’ll have a cover reveal and the blurb for you in a few weeks 😉

So, to summarise, everything’s progressing nicely but slowly due to other commitments. I’m dying to see the cover, and I’ve already booked the next slot for the end of September, which is for Darkened Light.

Now, if you’d take a peek to the left, you should see this new shiny option:

 

You probably know that I’ve been blogging about world building and, more recently, beta reading. On this page you’ll be able to find all posts I’ve published already, in one handy list! That way, if you need specific information, you’ll be able to find it quickly 🙂 It also gives you an idea of what’s yet to come, and includes the collaborative posts I’ve hosted together with other authors.

And to finish off, as promised, here’s an excerpt 😉

“If we wanted to kill you,” said Yoko, “we’d have done so when you arrived.”

Reeve snorted. “You underestimate me, witch. I’m not so easy to kill.”

“Oh?”

The lights in the room flickered, the smell of incense gone. Rachael blinked, and between two flickers of the candles Yoko moved right before him, her body encased in blue flames and a dagger at his throat. It drew the smallest sliver of blood.

You are on your guard, Sparrow, and yet I’ve managed to draw blood from your neck. All I had to do was blink.” Yoko stepped away from him, and turned around. Reeve caught himself the moment her back was turned, and threw a dagger at Yoko’s head. It stopped in mid air, halfway between them. “If I wanted you dead, Sparrow, you would have died.” Her smile was as beautiful as it was lethal. “Just think what I could have done had you closed your eyes for one more second.”


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The Nine Gods of Vasael'In

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Today’s post is going to be short so I don’t keep you from NaNo for too long (I’m pretending that we’re all still excited and haven’t lost it just yet since it’s only been a week – if you have, indeed, gone mad, apply cookies and tea when necessary.)

When you create a whole world from scratch, you need to keep religion in mind. You may not be religious yourself, but some of your characters might be, and it plays a particularly big role in the life of one of my main characters.

Naavah Ora’s people are polytheistic, and worship a total of nine gods. Since Naavah Ora refers to her gods often, I really wanted to get this aspect ready in time for NaNo instead of introducing 39205 placeholders to my draft! Just imagine the nightmare of replacing them all later!

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So in today’s post I’m introducing you to Naavah Ora’s elven gods 🙂 Because these are gods and not ordinary people I took my time naming them to make sure they sound the part (tempting as it was to have Larry, God of mischief and biscuits…). Don’t worry about pronouncing the names correctly – they’re made up, after all. Pronounce them however works for you! I very much want you to bring a part of yourself into my novels, and if you can’t do that in made-up names for elven deities, when can you?

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As the first goddess and deity of life, she’s seen as the Mother of all elves as well as the other gods.

Meviris & Islirrin

The sisters of day and night, light and darkness. Meviris is commonly worshipped by elves who dedicate their lives to helping others. Islirrin is often worshipped by thieves and assassins who rely on her shadows.

Llian’In

The god of the hunt, who leads hunters to their prey – be it for food, pelts or sport.

Lyrinaan

She’s the goddess of art and inspiration, which makes her the patron saint of writers 😉

Alharys

He’s the god of love, compassion and empathy. Elves call on him to bless their love, their marriage, or to seek comfort.

Naverys

She’s the goddess of magic and the mind. She’s often worshipped by scholars, sorcerers and students.

Ithrean

She’s the goddess of death and spirits. Humans often mistake her for an evil deity, because she guides spirits into the afterlife where she resides.

Mist Walkers, like Naavah Ora, worship her as their protector since they enter her spirit realm.

Valynaan

He’s the god of warriors and loyalty. Valynaan is said to have led the elves out of their old home when the corruption that destroyed it first spread.

Do gods play an important role in your writing? How do you go about naming them, or do you prefer to be vague and keep it simple, like God or the Maker? Pour yourself a tea and let’s chat! 🙂

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Progress Update – Editing, Facebook Changes and NaNo

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Happy Friday, friends! ^-^

I’ve got several things to report this week, so I’ll divide this update into sections. Feel free to skip one or two if you’re not interested in all of them 🙂

Relics of Ar’Zac

Let’s start with the most important bit first! This week, I’ve started editing Relics of Ar’Zac #2 and so far it’s going slowly but well (we’ll get to the whys in a minute). There are so many things I want to add, and I’m really excited about how the story is progressing. I dare say you’re in for one hell of a ride! 😉

There’s a lot of editing to be done, but I’m hoping to be ready for betas around February 🙂 You’ll just have to cross your fingers really hard, is all.

Now, the reason it’s going slowly so far is because madness has overridden common sense, and I’ve decided to do NaNo this year!

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I’ll be focusing on the first book in my new fantasy series, Soul of the Heart (temp. title), for this. If you’d take a quick look to the right, you’ll see that weekly word counts are back, too 😉 I’m so excited about this series and want to show it to you now, but it’s in no state to be shown to anyone. You know what first drafts are like 😀

I’ve spent a lot of time this week plotting and developing the characters (never mind all these gods that need names), and that’s partly why my edit of the sequel to Rise of the Sparrows is going so slowly right now – I’ve got a lot of NaNo prep to do! Earlier this year I made the last minute decision to do Camp NaNo, and failed miserably. This time I’m going to be much better prepared, since I’ll need to juggle writing 50K next month and editing my second book at the same time. Oh, and being a beta reader myself.

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Facebook

You might remember that I struggled with my Facebook before. I had an author page which was okay, but it didn’t let me do what I wanted to do with it, like join writing groups or post from Instagram directly to my page. I was tempted to just delete my account since there are social media sites out there which I use more often, and which work better for me. I didn’t want to use just my account because that seems unprofessional to me, but my author page wasn’t good enough, either, so I’ve decided on a compromise. I’ll keep my author page but will make it entirely about my books. Anything related to cover reveals, release dates, (progress updates), and things like that will pop onto my author page. I will use my account as myself but still as a writing account, meaning that I won’t upload pictures that aren’t related to my writing or moan about how hot it is in my GP’s waiting room. What you will get are Instagram pictures, book reviews, my bi-weekly writing prompts, my Tuesday posts, and things like that.

You can find my account here, and my author page here.

Do pop in and say hi 🙂 I’m not entirely convinced yet that this is the best way forward, and might still end up deleting my account altogether in the future, but so many writers use Facebook that I wanted to give it another shot.

And that’s it for this week! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 🙂


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Progress Update – Breakthrough!

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Isn’t it amazing funny annoying when you have a bunch of plans, but then your throat turns into sandpaper and suddenly everything hurts and people won’t stop saying things like “Wow, you’re coughing a lot!” (Trust me, I’ve noticed) This is my life since Wednesday-

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Despite that, I’ve got a fair amount done. I’ve got 5,4K written on Relics of Ar’Zac #2, which brings the total to just over 50K.

I’ve finally cracked down on this personal, grown-up thing I needed to do and have been putting off for months, too, so, while doing that meant that I had less time to write, I’m relieved to be nearly done with it.

But, more importantly, I had a small breakthrough on Tuesday! As you know I made the drastic but very necessary decision last week to cut all 9,5K words from my sci-fi’s WIP. Ideas still wouldn’t come, and by Tuesday I was quite fed up with waiting for something to happen on its own (because that usually works *ahem*). So I did the only logical thing – I got my book of baby names and started leafing through it, hoping that something would spark an idea.

And you know what?

IT WORKED!!!

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All plot bunnies are fixed now 🙂 Before I begin writing the novel itself, however, I’ll write a prequel novella, just for myself, which will set up the events in Immortals (Temp. Title). I don’t think I’ve ever had this many ideas for this WIP in one go before, so I take that as a good sign.

Immortals (temp. title) is back on track, and powering ahead! 🙂

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(You’re waiting for the but, aren’t you? Well, here ya go- )

Having said that, next week Thursday my routine is going to suffer a bit of a shock to its system. I’m used to writing in the morning for at least an hour, and I’m also someone who can’t concentrate if there are any distractions around, so things like our TV and YouTube are off when I write. As of next week Thursday, I won’t be home alone anymore in the mornings, and I don’t yet know how that’s going to affect my routine. It’s all for a good reason though, so don’t worry 🙂 I am genuinely happy and thrilled about this change to our lives, but my routine won’t get through it unscathed. I’m hoping to have a better idea of how things are going to work by next week Friday.

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As if my Sellybean isn’t enough of a distraction!

Until then, have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

~Sarina

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Soul of the Heart

A Writer's MusingsFollowing up from last week’s post about the benefits of writing for fun, I thought now was a good moment to share something I’ve been working on 😉

I’ve hinted at it here and there, but today I can confirm that I’ve been working on a new WIP! It’s another fantasy series – how many books it’ll have hasn’t been decided yet – and Soul of the Heart is a temporary title only, so don’t get attached to it 🙂 I thought it’d be easier than calling it Book 2 all the time 😛

Honestly, I don’t know how well I’ll be able to work on three WIPs at the same time. My main focus remains the sequel to Rise of the Sparrows, of course, and I should probably set this aside until the first draft, at least, of Immortals (temp. title) is done, but I’ve already been trying to pretend this wasn’t constantly at the back of my mind for months and it hasn’t worked. Ignoring it clearly isn’t the way forward! I’ll keep working on it whenever I can, and we’ll see what happens ^^

Here’s the very first excerpt – enjoy 🙂

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Inspiration from my Pinterest research board

Naavah Ora stared into the soul of the Heart, and knew instinctively that it was dying. There was a presence there with her – her own presence should have been impossible – and it slowly corrupted the world.

The red grass beneath her feet swayed in the windless breeze as always, and the same breeze caressed her skin, but something wasn’t right. In the distance she saw the city – a haven for all dead – bright and shining as ever, but still something wasn’t right.

It was the missing whisper on the wind. It was the missing laughter in their eyes. It was the slow hiss that carried over the meadow and into the sky, and turned her blood to ice.

And all she could do was watch as it slithered invisibly to the city at the heart of their haven, and turned the dead against them.

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Progress Update – Now THAT is Progress!

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Some immense progress was made this week 😉

Somehow, I’ve managed to write 10,000 words in four days!

WHAT!

I KNOW! 😀 Now I just need to do it again next week, and I’ll have reached my target of 20K in two weeks.

Huh. Maybe I am cut out for this NaNo thing after all 😛

But let me give you some figures:

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So far this week I’ve done 10,039, which brings the current total to…

37,001

Not too shabby for one week! ^-^ I don’t think I’ll have more time today because I’ve got a birthday to prepare for, so other things will take priority for today.  If I do manage to fit in any more, I’ll adjust the counter at the top accordingly 🙂

To all of you who are doing NaNo this month:

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And remember- there are no winners in NaNo, only exhausted survivors 🙂

(Seriously, though, you got this!)

I might have been tempted to suffer with you, but I just don’t have time this month with my parents visiting.

Time for the excerpt! I hope it didn’t get too confusing last week with the changed names and everyone being a she. I’ll continue like that until someone tells me it’s too weird 😛

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 🙂

“What happened?” asked Aria, and came to a sudden halt in front of Morgan. She had seen her wounded before. Cuts and bruises had covered her body as surely as her clothes and skin had, but now there was no visible wound. The healer had removed her shirt—Aria assumed to allow her to breathe—but a thick sheen of sweat covered her chest and forehead regardless. She was breathing heavily.

“She’s wheezing,” said Mira, who ignored the sweat covering her and leaned in to hear better.

The woman who had given them space before stood closer. “We’re not sure. Lon brought her to me, but she was already passed out when Lon found her.”

“And she hasn’t woken up since?” asked Mira.

The healer shook her head. “No. We have searched her body but haven’t found any wounds. We can only assume that she was poisoned, but without Morgan’s input we can’t be certain what happened.”

Mira’s face appeared calm when she stepped away, but behind her eyes Aria could see a raging storm. “Who did this?”

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Progress Update – Spoiler Free Excerpts!

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It’s been a busy week! Although, this update may not look like it since it’s so short 🙂

Since last week’s word count was nonexistent, I was determined to make up for it this week and I dare say I did! 😉 This week’s count is 5,920, which brings the current total to:

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Not too shabby! ^-^ It’s my highest weekly word count in a while, so it definitely feels like progress is being made.

Speaking of which… Somehow, it’s July now and half this year has gone already, which means that on Sunday in two weeks, my parents are coming to visit. I probably won’t get too much writing done while they are here, but I’d like to reach the midway point before then so I can really enjoy my break! Since this would mean nearly 20K I’m not sure how realistic I’m being, but for now I’ll set it as my target.

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Now, to the excerpt! As my draft progressed it got difficult finding sections I could share with you without spoiling anything, so here’s what we’re going to do: Every character has been given a nickname, and since I don’t have many male characters in the story at the moment a few of them are unisex 😉 Also, I’ll be referring to everyone as she, regardless of their gender. The names were chosen at random from my book of baby names – there’s no secret code attached to any of them which might tell you who’s who, so don’t bother trying to figure it out ^-^ This way I can share what’s happening with you without giving too much away. I hope it won’t get too confusing.

Have a great weekend, everyone! ^-^

Morgan had withstood many poisons over the last few years, and had believed herself to possess a small immunity from her previous encounters. Now she realised how foolish that belief had been.

The corridor she was in was dark, and abandoned. If she could just lift her arm to the window, perhaps someone would see it in passing.

But she didn’t have enough strength left, and her arm fell loosely to her side. The floor was cool against her burning body. When had she sat down? Everything was swimming before her eyes.

Then everything turned black, and she thought she could hear Alex laughing at her victory.

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Progress Update – Plot all the Things!

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It’s been a wonderful week of plotting, everyone! I felt like I didn’t know enough about where the sequel was going or who was going to do what, so I took some time this week to plot some more. And then, since I had so much fun, I started plotting my various other projects as well 🙂

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I’m nowhere near finished, but there’s progress and I’ve really enjoyed exploring all the different possibilities. There’ll be a lot more plotting next week as well but until then, let’s move on to more important things.

Like the word count, and the excerpt 😉 (But know that I’ve come up with some rather cruel plot twists and scenes.)

Since I failed miserably to reach my last two word count goals, I set my aspirations a little lower this week, and ended up writing more than the previous two weeks. What have we learned? Aim low 😛

This week I wrote 3,900 words on Relics of Ar’Zac Book 2, which brings the total to…

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WOOT WOOT! 😀

I’ve got a bit of research ahead of me as well as the plotting, so the next few weeks promise to be interesting ^^

Next week I won’t get as much writing done because I’ve got two grown-up things scheduled. The research might have to wait another week so that I can write instead.

Oh, and Eye of the Seers is a temporary title only, so don’t get used to it 🙂

Now, to the excerpt! You know when you write a new chapter, and you think halfway through that it’ll need a lot of editing? That’s what most of my writing has been like, so when I tell you that I didn’t hate this short excerpt while I was still writing it, it should tell you how special it is. It will still get rewritten, but I don’t feel the same amount of dread thinking about it 😛

Here ya go ^^ Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 🙂

“Do you recognise this?” Rachael asked, choosing her words carefully.

Kaida nodded. “I do. I have spent many years studying history, and have spent a large part of my studies on the old magics. I know this banner from paintings and drawings only, but to see it for myself… This banner—this whole temple—was around before the war that buried the old magic in time. All this was here when magic was an accepted part of the Northern Reaches. So many secrets have been lost, but this simple banner prevails. Doesn’t that astound you?”

Rachael swallowed. She hadn’t given it any thought, but Kaida was right. She had seen it for herself in her vision. The country Rifarne used to be. The magic that used to flow through its people.

She had wanted to be accepted within society, and more recently she had tried to understand her gift which—according to everyone she had talked to—only she possessed. This temple and its colours were a living memory to everything the war had destroyed. In a way, she was the same. Her gift was a remnant of the old days also.

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Progress Update – An Excerpt and a Teaser (sort of)

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This is going to be short. It’s been a pretty quiet week, and nothing much has happened.

See? Thanks for popping in! 😀

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Okay, well, there’s a tiny bit more than that, but it’s honestly not much this week. It’s all right, though, I do have an excerpt 😉

Progress on Book 2 has been slow, mostly because an idea I’ve had months ago has come back to poke me relentlessly – as it’s done several times over the past few months. So I finally gave in and started writing it 🙂

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It’s far too early to share anything yet, but suffice it to say for now that I love my new babies and, if this continues, I’ll introduce you soon 🙂

But back to Book 2! I found this amazing little feature in Scrivener-

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and I can’t tell you how much I love it <3 It also shows you how little I got done on Book 2 this week 😛 I’m hoping to write a little more today, so I’ll wait with updating the word counter at the top until I know for sure how badly I’ve done exactly ^^

In case you’ve missed it (somehow), the giveaway is now live on Goodreads. So far I’m overwhelmed with the response <3 If you’d like to enter, you can do so hereGood luck to everyone who’s entered already!

There, now I’m done! 😀

Here’s the excerpt! A good weekend to you all! 🙂

Rachael screamed, but the assassin’s hot hand against her mouth silenced the sound. She looked around, trying to find anything at all that she could use as a weapon, but there was nothing sharp within reach.

The man who pinned her down held up his knife, and Rachael felt her eyes sting when she saw a slim sliver of blood trickle down the blade. Her blood.

She had never been in a situation as hopeless as this before. Even during her encounter with Cephy she’d been able to move, if not much. Now the body of a man who had come to kill her pressed her into the sheets, his legs holding her in place and the knife by her throat making sure that she couldn’t move her head.

The man on top of her looked to his side, and she followed. Another assassin cloaked in dark cloth help up the book Kaida had entrusted to her. The assassin with the knife nodded, and his friend dashed for the open window. Again Rachael tried to scream, alert someone, but the sound was muffled.

All she could do was watch as her killer smiled, and brought down the knife.

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