Necromancers' Pride

A mystical tale of adventure, magic and heroes.

September 30, 2014
by Charles David Carpenter
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Our world is a character unto itself.

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We recently received a very nice review on Amazon from one of our readers. In it, she spoke of the world we have built, and how the locales and environments in which the characters existed were almost like characters of their own. This really mean a lot to us, as D.W. and I have worked diligently to create the world of Necromancers’ Pride to be fully immersive, layered and complex. We want you to feel as though there is always something around the corner, that the world exists beyond what is written.

Today’s excerpt is an illustration of that. This description of the Canodrian countryside did not make it into Quest for Elderstone, but it is indicative of the level of development we have placed into making the world of Tarune a fully realized, active and textured realm. Enjoy!

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Returning his gaze down to his target, he stood in silent contemplation.  With hills stretching to the north and east, they would approach using that cover, and strike from above the copse of trees.  The wide plain of undulating green grass and rocks would offer many positions to regroup.  The streams and brooks breaking across the landscape would serve as hindrance to speedy flight.  Each stream was an offshoot to the large, quickly moving Sharp River, whose banks were just barely visible around a southern hilly bend, some three miles away.  The Sharp River itself eventually fed into the huge River Ennin, which carried its mighty waters all the way through the kingdom and to the Canodrian coast.  They would begin the two-mile looping approach to their target soon. 

Necromancers’ Pride ~ (deleted excerpts)

September 23, 2014
by Charles David Carpenter
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5 tips to beat PROCRASTINATION.

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Procrastination is a killer. Remember that Saturday morning when you were 11 and dad told you to go wash the car? As soon as it was done you’d get to go to the movies. Well, the sun set on that Saturday. Dirty car = no movies. Or how about we flash forward to high school, when you had three weeks to prepare for that big lit exam. Then two weeks. Then two days. Then it turned into an all night cram session because, sure, Hamlet only takes a day to figure out. What a piece of work is man, indeed.

It doesn’t get any better when you’re a “grown up” either. Procrastination still rears its ugly head. College term papers, business spread sheets and cost analysis reports are often shoved off until the last minute. We give ourselves undo stress and anxiety because we put off what we must do. D.W. has a great mantra, “Do what you supposed to do, so that you can do what you want to do.”

Simple, I know, but absolutely truthful. Listen, I put off doing this post last night, so I have to do it now. What I want to do is work on Necromancers’ Pride – Storm of Shadows.  What I have to do first is get this post out. Just three chapters to go, by the way!!

See what D.W. means? Simple but truthful. Just so you know, writers are the most notorious procrastinators on the face of the earth … and we LOVE to write! So, I can’t put it off anymore, without further delay, here are some tips to avoid putting things off.

  1. Do it first thing in the morning. Get up and get it done. Up an hour early saves you several hours on the back end of the day. It also avoids the stress you feel in putting it off. Besides, as the day goes on, you will find more excuses to not do something.
  2. Have a partner. Committing to someone else is a great way to keep you moving forward. If you put it off, you not only fail yourself, you fail them. Be accountable to someone else until you have made it a habit of being accountable to yourself.
  3. Don’t let little tasks put off big ones. Sure, answering emails is important. As is doing the laundry or fixing that leaky sink. However, are those things as important as the big project? What I need to do today is write my novel, not check the latest thread on Facebook. Tweeting my voice is not as important as giving my characters voices of their own. Jump into that big project with both feet. It gets smaller as you go.
  4. Write down your goals. Simple yet effective. Nothing is as satisfying as crossing off a completed task from a list. Write blog: check. Write chapter: That one will be checked by this afternoon. Putting a list together lets you know just how much you have to do, but more importantly, it lets you know how much you have gotten done.
  5. Be proud. Even the smallest accomplishment is a big deal once you have stopped putting it off and gotten it done. Give yourself the right to be proud of the work you have done. That feeling will carry you onto your next goal. There is such a rush of success both D.W. and I get when we complete a goal and meet a deadline. It is an infectious feeling that will push you further ahead.

There you go. Five tips to stop putting things off. So, what are you waiting for? Do what you supposed to do, so that you can do what you want to do. As for me, it is time for a shave and then time to write the next chapter. Wait … I should refer to rule number 3. Write first. Shave later. Let’s get to work, people. We will all be happy we did.

What tips do you have to avoid procrastination?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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