When the War is Lost


Love a good excerpt!

Originally posted on Chasing the Dream:

“Whatever happens.” His dirt covered thumb swipes at the wetness under my eyes, and I wrap my fingers around his wrist. I press my face into his palm and force myself to look up at him. My heart sinks into a deep, dark cavern in my stomach at the sight of how pale he is right now. The normal wall of rock that used to cover his eyes is shattered, and behind it is something else. Around his glistening pupils and loving stare, I see something I’d never before seen in him. Cold, hard, fear. This statue of my life, this man of steel who’d always had such a strong grip on his emotions, was now absorbed by this overpowering panic. It terrifies me.

I push myself onto my toes and gaze deep into those large, fearful brown eyes. His head lowers to mine and I ever so softly press…

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A new series; yay! It’s quite obvious that Invisible Ink has kind of fallen by the wayside the last several months. I’ve been better about keeping up with my other blogs, but their structures are different and don’t typically require for me to be actively writing to come up with material. Still, I’m rather stubborn and unwilling to let Invisible Ink become truly inactive. One of the ways I’m going to be addressing that is with this series.

Monster Hunters pieces are going to be pretty straight-forward. We’re going to look at creatures/monsters/figments-of-imagination on all points of the real-or-not scale. I’ll do the research; you read and contemplate incorporating our query into a story.

Let’s start with one of my favorite creatures…

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a_870_20140916150857Check this out: http://tinyurl.com/nsda7va

I don’t normally share these kinds of things on Invisible Ink, but I’m still trying to get my head wrapped around this one. This mother decided that she did not want her children to be reading about witchcraft, so decided to re-write the Harry Potter series into a Christian story. I’m face-palming for all kinds of reasons here. Of course every parents has the right to sensor their children’s reading material, but I don’t see the point of changing an already existing story. Even if the children wanted to read HP because their friends were reading it, they’re not getting the same story this way, so it’s rather pointless. This says nothing of the intolerance that this exudes. I cannot for the life of me understand the mentality of people like this.

Her altered version is also apparently on FanFiction.net. I hesitate to call it a fanfic, though I haven’t read it or the Harry Potter books. My understanding of fanfics is that they are further explorations that stay true to the original story, which this piece quiet obviously does not do. Though, I think with 50 Shades we’ve established that poor fanfics can still be wildly successful.

What do you think, my writing fellows?

http://katelansing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/writers-block_Joanne.pngThere’s something to be said for determination, especially in the face of never-ending work and the fear of eventual failure. We writers are notorious for ending up with one or two stories that are true labors of love – stories that logic dictates we would have left off long ago, but we refuse to. We spend years tweaking plot, characters, format, structure, chapters, sentences, even syllables, sacrificing sleep and food, family time and hobbies in the pursuit of the written story we see in our heads. It is often a bitter, self-mutilating journey.

I’m not knocking it. I’m in the middle of it myself. Xoe has been my main work in progress since I was eleven. While you might not be able to set aside your heart’s story though, you as a working writer have to be disciplined enough to know when a story is workable and when it is not. As tempting as it can be, you cannot let every story be one that hangs on for years and years, especially if you’re freelancing for even a fraction of your income. Continue Reading »

Photo Prompt

I came across this image on one of my hard drives several weeks ago while I was reorganizing and was struck by the bleakness of it and the wealth of emotion that would have led up to this moment. I have no idea who the artist is, so if you do please let me know and I’ll add the appropriate credit.

What brought these two to this point? Who is the one with the gun – a member of the winning side finishing the job, or the losing side, taking vengeance? And why is the other one just standing there, his hands in his pockets, allowing himself to be shot? What kinds of things has he seen, has he done, to have so little regard for his own life?



At some point when writing fantasy you’re going to encounter a world that needs its own language. Giving a name to a tongue is easy enough, as is differentiating when characters are speaking what and distinguishing dialects. But likely at some point you’re going to want to insert at least a handful of words somewhere. I’ve found often I want to add familial relationship tags to the end of sentences in my made up languages, so the first several words I develop are usually mother, father, brother and sister.

There are tricks to creating a language, and you don’t have to go as in-depth as Tolkien did when creating Elvish to still have a world enriched by multiple tongues. You also don’t have to be a linguistics student. Consider these:


  • Don’t use random letters

Please just don’t. Your language needs to make at least a little sense, and literally have some rhyme and reason to it. Continue Reading »

Layers of Motivation

All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction. – Steve Almond


What is a story without motivation? Motivation to achieve some end, to save a loved one, to survive the storms that ravage the world without and the rocky landscape within. In every story, no matter how simplistic or complex, each character has to have his or her own motivation. Really multiple motivations would be better; multiple, ever-changing motivations. After all, you don’t go to work just because you like it, right?

Understanding all the parts of what pushes your characters in their direction is vitally important because different reasons will push and pull your character in different directions. Here are the three essential questions to ask when developing every character’s motivation:

Who wants what?

What’s at stake?

Why does it matter?

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