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Tips for Fantasy Writers: Mounted Archery Edition

Hello friends,

Today on the vlog, I’m diverging from the normal format to give you some live action for a change. This one is specifically for anyone who wants to write fantasy. Often novels set in a fantasy world involve horses, and often writers without real world experience with horses get many of the details wrong. Well, I’m here to help. In the first edition of this series, I’m diving into what it’s like to fire a bow from atop a horse (hint: it’s not nearly as easy as it seems). Hope you enjoy.

Musingly Yours,

Mindee

5 Key Story Structure Elements

Hello Friends,

Welcome to the latest edition of Write With Intent. I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who’s stayed with me so far. This whole process has been a giant leap of faith, and I could use every ounce of encouragement.

Today I breakdown the 5 key story structure elements that are crucial when writing your story. I’ve posted a preview of the slides below, but tune into the video for the details. Oh, and while there, please like and subscribe and maybe forward the link to a friend.

Musingly Yours,

Mindee

Overcoming a Crisis of Confidence

Hello my friends,

Welcome back to another edition of Write With Intent. Today I’m talking about that most vile and awful condition known as a crisis of confidence. It’s a condition that not only plagues writers, but all creative types. It’s also an inevitable occurrence when you’re in this business. But there is hope. In the video I discuss ways of tackling this awful event. Even if you’re not pursuing a writing career, you might find it useful.

In the meantime, remember to live with intent.

Musingly Yours,

Mindee

Writing Scenes that Don’t Suck

Hello friends,

Today on Write With Intent, I’m sharing my favorite and most powerful writing tool in my toolbox—how to turn a scene. This is technique I learned from Story by Robert McKee. And I’ve found that it is the key to writing scenes and chapters that keep the story moving forward and the reader engaged. If you’re stuck in the soggy middle or are getting feedback about your story being slow, this one’s for you.

Musingly Yours,

Mindee

Getting to THE END

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Today on the vlog I discuss ways of going from the beginning of your novel to THE END. You can find it here or just do a search for on Youtube. Oh, and while you’re there, please like and subscribe. I also wanted to give big shout out of thanks to everyone who’s been watching. I hope you find the content useful. I’m keeping things really short today because I’m heading out for vacation in a remote area full of wifi deadzones. Yep, that’s right, Im going off the grid. If you don’t hear from me for a few days, don’t worry. As Arnold might say, “I’ll be back.”

Musingly Yours,

Mindee

Choosing Your Main Character

Hello friends,

Today on Write With Intent, I discuss ways to choose your main characters. We’ll take a look at techniques for developing the character’s inner journey from Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat Writes a Novel and Michael Hauge’s Story Master.

I also want to take a moment to talk about something personal. As some of you know, I’ve struggled with vestibular issues for several years now. Well, it’s finally been diagnosed as Vestibular Migraine. One the one hand, it’s awesome to know what’s wrong. On the other, when I’m having an attack, it still sucks. In this week’s video I was struggling with a lot of dizziness. I don’t think it’s obvious from a viewer’s standpoint–except in the way I’m obviously struggling to find the right words. For example, I used the term “mental issue” when instead I wanted to say “inner issue or internal issue” or any other dozen terms for the character’s inner journey. But while I was recording, my brain simply could not find the words. It’s so frustrating to experience. Especially when I know what I’m saying is incorrect but my brain can’t make the right connection to the correct words. Please forgive me for this.

Anyway, I felt compelled to share just in case anyone notices or wonders at that struggle and to ask for forgiveness, grace if anything I say offends or strikes you wrong. It’s not intentional. When my brain misfires, I’m at its mercy. I guess you could say, I’m sharing a little of my own inner journey as a character in my life story. Funny how real life mimics art.

Until next time my mighty friends,

Musingly Yours,

Mindee

Write With Intent Video 1

Hello my writing and reading friends. I’m so thrilled to announce that the very first video in the series is live. You can find it here or visit my youtube channel through the link below. 

Have you ever had a great idea for a story but when you sat down to write, the story fizzled out? Well in today’s video I discuss ways to avoid that happening. 

I hope you enjoy it. Please keep in mind this is my very first time creating a video and it’s a little rough around the edges–especially the audio. But don’t worry. I fix that in upcoming videos. If you do like it, I’d love to hear from you, especially if there’s a subject you want me to discuss in upcoming videos.

Musingly Yours,

Mindee