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There is a certain formula to writing a book—anyone can do it, right?  Start with a solid plot, mix in a tortured hero, a few despicable villains, a side kick or two for comic relief, and don’t forget the expendable “red shirts” for when you need to knock someone off. The technical aspects have to be there too, of course.  Some basic command of grammar, punctuation, and spelling are necessary so that you don’t drive your editor to drink.  It all sounds pretty simple.  Follow the formula, and out comes a marketable product. 

There are plenty of writers who make a decent living that way, churning out hundreds of books that are entertaining, if relatively predictable.  But what about the truly great writers?  They don’t have to be famous, either.  I’m talking about the ones whose books haunt your memory for years after you’ve closed the back cover and moved on.  What makes their work so unique, and impossible to replicate? 

The greatest writers know how to reach down into the core of their being and tap into the depths of memory, personal reflection, raw emotion.  They usually have a keen sense of empathy, and the ability to get inside the minds and hearts of other people, whether real or imagined…and then express what they experience in a way that makes it real to the rest of us. They find inspiration in the ordinary, and never stop asking, “Yeah, but what if…”  That’s the question with a thousand different answers—the place where imagination grows.  Where speculation is infused with life, and a journey into the unknown begins.

It takes a certain kind of courage to go on a journey like that, not knowing what you’ll find along the way.  Not knowing what part of yourself will spill upon the blank page before you, leaving you exposed and vulnerable to complete strangers.  Strangers who will judge you by your writings, perhaps even long after you’re gone from this earth.  And yet there is no feeling like taking some dark corner of yourself, never before discovered, and twisting it into something intriguing and beautiful that can be shared with the world.  Great writers can make that connection with us as readers, and through our shared journey, we make them again with each other, sometimes over generations. 

So pick up your favorite book and dust it off—the one you’ve never been able to get out of your mind, when so many other books have been forgotten.  What part of the author is still lingering there, trying to make that connection over time and distance?  Somewhere within those pages, a great writer has left behind a shadow of his or her soul for you to discover.

Allison D. Reid

Mark your Calendars for Virtual FantasyCon!

Virtual FantasyCon is a free, online Fantasy convention, connecting fans, authors, artists, editors, and other members of the Fantasy community.

This will be my first time participating, so join me from October 9-16, 2016 and enjoy eight days of Facebook events, blog scavenger hunts, giveaways and more.

Get more information!
Follow Allison D. Reid's author blog for articles, sneak peeks, and series posts like Medieval Monday.
Self Editing Tip:

Good editing takes calm, focus, and a rational, objective state of mind.

Never try to edit when you are tired, stressed, emotional, distracted, rushed, or otherwise mentally impaired. 

This can greatly affect what you find, the changes you make, and how you feel about your work as a whole. 

Episode 13 of Renee Scattergood's Shadow Stalker series is now available for purchase, and Episode 14 is coming soon!
April is almost here, and that means Camp NaNoWriMo is opening its doors!  

I'll be sharing a cabin with Renee Scattergood and other fellow writers.

My writing project?  To finally finish Into the Shadow Wood and get it ready for publication this spring.  

Einar fans, you won't have to wait much longer!
Current Into the Shadow Wood  word count is 17,729.  Count down with me to the very end!
Meet the Weekly Fantasy Fix Authors
Joshua Robertson is a dark fantasy author who enjoys challenging the concept of good and evil.

His bestselling novel, 
Melkorka, is one of three books currently available in the Thrice Nine Legends saga. 

Click to learn more about Joshua...
Renee Scattergood writes Dark fantasy and is currently publishing a serial called, Shadow Stalker. She is also working on the first novel in her series, Savior of the Serpent Isles, due out later this year.
Read more about Renee.
Allison D. Reid is a Christian Fantasy author with a fondness for Medieval history.  Her first published series, the Wind Rider Chronicles, embraces traditional fantasy elements but is also infused with deeper spiritual themes.  The first book, Journey to Aviad, is now free in ebook format everywhere.
 
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