Necromancers' Pride

A mystical tale of adventure, magic and heroes.

September 17, 2014
by Charles David Carpenter
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Home stretch! Book 3 (Storm of Shadows) is almost done.


Good day, everyone. There is an inherent energy to the beginning of things. The start of a new adventure has its own power and magic to it. That long road trip, that first day of a new job, the first word written of a new story has a life all its own. The blank canvas of an empty page, though daunting, is an incredibly exciting sight. Everything is new, the vision of your world is before you to create and populate as you see fit.

It is the middle portion of any endeavor where that creative energy can wane. Those are the dog days of summer. They stretch on and the journey seems endless. They can be disconcerting if you do not have a plan in place to see you through them. However, something happens when you see the end of your journey before you. When the road nears its destination, there is a resurgence of fire, a renewed ignition of passion.  In this blog, D.W. and I want to not only give tips on storytelling, writing and insights into the world of Necromancers’ Pride, but a look behind the velvet ropes into our journey of writing the saga, as well. We want you to know the path that we are on as we are on it, facing the trials, uncertainties and triumphs of crafting a story and publishing it for mass consumption.

I say all this to say that, for us, the dog days of summer working on book 3 of the Necromancers’ Pride Saga, Storm of Shadows, are behind us. We are now in the home stretch of the writing process. For us, the process is fed by a kinetic energy to create. We drive ourselves forward because creation fuels success. We see the light at the end of the tunnel and are charged and excited to complete book 3, Storm of Shadows. It will be done soon, but not if I keep writing this post. So, that having been said, we are off and back to work, creating a world of magic and imagination in which we can all enter and lose ourselves. We’ll keep you posted on how we are doing, but just know, Storm of Shadows is on schedule to be out soon!

What characters are you looking forward to seeing again in the next installment of the Necromancers’ Pride Saga?

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September 11, 2014
by Charles David Carpenter
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Good and Evil take many forms.


Good and evil take many forms. Some are clear cut and easily definable, others … not so much. As it is in life, so too is it in fiction. Often, what we see as clear cut becomes difficult to define. It is not only the protagonists that require development and depth. Indeed, were it not for the depth and multifaceted dispositions of our favorite villains, our greatest stories would be vacuous and devoid of any interest or tension. Today’s deleted excerpt is from book 2 in the Necromancers’ Pride Saga – Tides of War. It deals with a main character, but this excerpt focuses on one of our antagonists. We hope you enjoy this, as well as the ultimate form this scene took in the book.


It would be a horror beyond imagining for a man to have a Shade at his back. Lord Cartigas was no ordinary man. His power in these dark chambers was absolute.

“My dominion over you is complete, as I want your answers to be. Or, should I make you a more garish display of my power?”

The Shade knew well what Cartigas meant by a “garish” display of power. Cartigas had the power to send the Shade into a torment beyond any suffering imaginable to the living, and would do so without a second thought. It needed to remember that Cartigas was no ordinary Magus.

To be a Shade meant to exist in torment. However, it was a far better existence than what awaited the evil soul in the planes beyond. Were this any other mortal, the Shade would have burned its flesh. That would have been only the beginning. Lord Cartigas was not just any mortal. The Shade knew that all too well.

Necromancers’ Pride ~ (deleted excerpt)


September 9, 2014
by Charles David Carpenter
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What is a developmental editor?


Book 3 in the Necromancers’ Pride Saga – Storm of Shadows, is moving at a fast pace. We are deep in the writing process now and full speed ahead to the finish line. As such, I am going to be diving back into the world of Tarune shortly. However, I wanted to use today’s post to answer a question I was recently asked. A person asked me the other day how exactly a developmental editor works. Well, I will give you that answer in a nutshell because, as I said, the world of Necromancers’ Pride is calling and I have to get back to work.

So, here we go: Developmental editors offer specific suggestions as to how to improve the core intentions of the book. They assist with determining the underlying goals of what you as the writer intend. Also, they help with story structure and character development. Character development includes character arcs or how they interact with the main plot, usage of dialogue and proper voice.

In terms of style, developmental editors help an author with narrative voice, language, pacing and tone. A good developmental editor can help you hone in on the proper genre for you before you even begin writing. It is essential you know how to craft your book, and they can assist you with that. They help you as an author to establish your own voice in the telling of your story.

Remember, no one but you can tell your story your way. For that reason, if you have the desire to tell it, you must. A good developmental editor will give you the confidence to know that you are telling a well imagined, well developed tale. What a developmental editor will not do is correct your spelling, syntax and grammar. That is what a copy editor is there for, and that is a post for another day. Suffice to say, the copy editor comes much later in the writing process, whereas the developmental editor can be there for you from the start of your writing.

Today, you can find your own developmental editor from a variety of location. D.W. and I have found great success looking to meet our literary needs on a site called oDesk. Take your time and ask to see some examples of the editor’s work before you hire them. This is a necessary step in the process, so make sure you make this decision carefully.

Now, it is back to world building for us.

Did you find this post useful? What questions do you have in the development of your story?

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September 4, 2014
by Charles David Carpenter
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The Bookstore

TOW bookstore_04Does anyone remember bookstores?

We certainly do. Wonderful places, bookstores. People actually had to go to them to get … wait for it … books! Can you believe it? Yes, it is true. At one time, the only device on which you could read a book was A BOOK. The only place where you could get said device was the now endangered species known as the BOOKSTORE.

We just wanted to take a moment to honor the bookstore and its noble progeny, the books themselves. They enraptured us with their stories and made us fall in love with the craft of writing. As we work on book 3 of the Necromancers’ Pride Saga – Storm of Shadows, we never forget our inspiration. I can recall countless hours of my youth spent wandering up and down the vast aisles, looking at shelf after shelf of literature.

So enjoy your device of choice, but never forget where it all began … at the noble bookstore.

Do you have any fond memories of hours spent in bookstores?

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September 2, 2014
by Charles David Carpenter
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Four tips to help you SUCCEED!

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Happy back to work/school everyone. I know many of you have already gone back to the office or back to class, but Labor Day has traditionally marked the end of summer. So, in keeping with that time honored tradition, I wanted to take this opportunity to give some tips to jumping back in and attacking your work with renewed abandon.

You see, D.W. and I are fully invested in the writing of book 3 of the Necromancers’ Pride Saga, Storm of Shadows. Our vacation will come when the series is complete. For now, it is vital that we push forward with all of our energy. To grow our world and honor the characters there within, not to mention to honor you, our amazing readers, we need to keep our motivation running high. Here are some steps we utilize in keeping ourselves motivated, especially after a vacation or a holiday threatens to slow our flow.

  1. Have an agenda. Make a plan, follow the plan. Take time to map out your first week back. Set a goal for what you want to accomplish that week, that month, a three month goal and a six month goal. Goals change as life happens, so it only stands to reason that the goals will change as well. However, by having set a series of goal in mind – written out so that they can be seen, adjusted and reached for daily – you create for yourself a stratagem for success. Taking the 20 plus minutes it will take to project success into your future will most assuredly set you on the path. You cannot reach your goals if you have no idea in which direction to begin looking for them. D.W. and I have mapped out the rest of 2014, and rest assured, we will see those goals achieved. Try it, you will truly feel accomplished when you look at what you plan for yourself.
  2. Establish your routine. Whether you are a planner (one who outlines meticulously what is to come), or a pantser (one who more readily flies by a more free flowing route), having a routine established will help you reach your goal. For me, it is get up, get the kids dressed and off to school with my wife, work out, then write, write, write. Business demands and workload are factored into the equation, but by establishing my set pattern, I can account for deviations from the norm and keep them from throwing me completely off of my goal plan. List those things that are important in your day-to-day, then prioritize how to fit them into your routine. Some will have to be sacrificed for others, but you will see what it truly important when you take the time to set your schedule. Get into a routine that makes your good habits become your norm and watch your productivity soar.
  3. Communicate your goals. Let others know what you have planned. Give those closest to you license to hold you accountable for your actions. By giving voice to all that you wish to accomplish, you will win the war over procrastination and laziness. Even with the successes D.W. and I have had, it is easy to relax and take our proverbial foot off the gas. Resting on laurels is simple and seductive. By being accountable to each other, we insure that we do not rest for too long. Resting is good and is a natural part of the process. However, resting too long just becomes languorous. Sharing with others what you want to do will make it not just a dream, but a viable goal to be achieved. You will do it, and your friends can help you get there.
  4. Plan your next vacation. Yep, it’s that simple. By having a reward set after the achievement of your goals, you have an added incentive to work hard and get the job done. When we finish Storm of Shadows, you had better believe I will be giving myself a little down time with the family on the beautiful, picturesque slopes of Mammoth Mountain (come on El Nino)! After that quick recharge, it will be back to making a new agenda, reestablishing my routine, letting D.W. know what is planned and yes … you guessed it, planning where to celebrate our successes when our next goals are met.

So there you have it. The steps are simple, but that is because they are effective. You would be surprised how many people decide not to take these simple steps. Take the time, the rewards you will reap will be vast, indeed.

What other steps can you think of to bounce back to work after a vacation?

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