Weaving together the threads that make up my passion for the written word…as an author, editor, and follower of The Word.
Each person has a different way of creating a story and mine is unique to me. I like to get up early in the morning while my creative juices are still fresh and begin my day. I sip my tea and type my stories on my computer.
When I’m writing a short story, I block out the entire story after I’ve worked up my idea. That’s like a mini-outline that I can fill in with the story ideas. Short stories require that your ideas be compact. You have to create an entire scenario for your story in just a few words. Thus the common adage: make every word count.
Another thing I try to stick to while writing a short story is to not complicate the plot. It’s a temptation to add more detail than necessary, creating extraneous ideas not important to the main plot. When I wrote “Damian of the Gods”, I sketched out the basic ideas into paragraphs and then filled them in. I had a few new ideas for the story and did a re-write which changed the first paragraph entirely. But we all know about how re-writes change a story, but not the basic plot. Honing down during the re-writes can keep a story clean and fresh.
The most important part of a story is the ending. Like most writers, I finish my stories with a revelation of the plot scenario. In “Damian of the Gods”, I left the ending with a little bit of a question, which I enjoy doing in some of my stories. As with other parts of a story, an ending is unique to the writer. So I’m going to end this with a question: what is unique about your own writing?
The Dragon Tempest offers a collection of short stories in a variety of fantasy genres, including dark, light, adventure, and epic. Creatures from all worlds abound: dragons, angels, centaurs, witches, gods and goddesses, and those lurking below the water’s surface. Whether you’re moved by tales of battle and bloodshed, suspense, humor, or enlightenment, The Dragon Tempest will leave you craving more from each author. Such a diversity of great fantasy tales to enjoy will leave no room for disappointment.
Allison D. Reker
1st Place Winners:
Wilson F. Engel, III
2nd Place Winners
Deborah Jean Anderson
J. Abram Barneck
3rd Place Winners
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My passion for writing is what fills my life with excitement. I spend my days writing, doing research and studying to develop the characters in my stories. In my earlier years I traveled to Europe and Japan, and those experiences influenced me with a variety of ideas for characters and the places they live. When I’m not writing, I enjoy music and reading, especially fantasy and sci-fi. Born in Southern California, I migrated to Southern Oregon in 1974 where I now reside in the Rogue Valley with my family and friends.
The Dragons of Mar Trilogy:
Call of the Dragon (Book 1)
The Puzzle Box (Book 2)
Dragon’s Fury (Book 3)
Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan
Galaxy Nomads http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/545574
Call of the Dragon http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/378162
The Puzzle Box http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/420529
Dragon’s Fury http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/477099
Medieval Muse http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/206478
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