Tag Archives | Magic

Don’t Forget Your Nose—The Smell Of World Building

Hey friends! As some of you might know, our very own Pub-Crawler Stacey Lee has a book coming out at the end of the month, on December 27th, THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE, about a teenaged perfumer who erroneously fixes the mother of the school soccer star with a love potion, and must correct her mistake before her mother finds out. Originally, I’d hoped to interview Stacey about her use of smells in writing […]

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Because Magic: Stakes, Conflict, and the Price of Using Magic

Good morning, Pub Crawlers! Today I’d like to mainly focus on stakes in magic. Making up a world is hard work! You’re creating geography, cultural aesthetics, clothing, sometimes even language. You’re often using magic in some form or another. But I want to start by talking a little bit more in depth about a common problem I see in queries and manuscripts, and that’s the Because Magic issue. “Because Magic” translates to “I don’t have […]

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