Melissa A. Joy

A Tutorial on Creative Mechanics

What makes your world tick? You think you have a never before seen concept, a piece of equipment, a vehicle or magical construct of your own design.  What makes it stand out to the reader from many other creations? How does it work? These are a few of the questions I always ask myself when […]

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Creative writing: coming up with sub-plots

Creating a main plotline for your story is one thing, but what about sub-plots? Some stories may have only a couple, but others can have several or perhaps many. It’s no secret that the more sub-plots you have the more complex the story becomes, and therefore it becomes a greater burden on the writer. Depending […]

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A Philosophy on Balance

Share with me some philosophical debate, on how Darkness is always evil, and How Light is always good. What nonsense it is to misunderstand, That the brightest of lights is The owner of the darkest shadow. Of Yin and Yang, where black contrasts with white It only takes one small measure more, for Balance to […]

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Vesuvius

Behold the quiet mountain, sitting next the sea Therein resides a power unfamiliar to me. Observe the sleeping mountain, her low rise peak yet steep Mystery earth, I wonder, what secrets does she keep? Stirs the moving mountain, raw power dwells inside Ash and smoke and rumbling earth, there’s nowhere fortified. Explodes the angry mountain, […]

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Courage ‘is’ the Tiger

What, you ask, is Courage? Courage is the Tiger. A Fearless watcher, noble and calm Observing her sacred realm, but In the face of danger –Tempestuous striker! Relentless warrior! A confident hunter, dynamic and strong Such a passionate lover so sensitive and warm, but In a storm of betrayal – Fearsome aggressor! Tenacious defender! A […]

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Fickle Waters

Calm is the river, running smoothly on its course The waterfall says differently, white water rushing down with force. Serene then is the ocean, on a gentle summer’s day The storm then told me otherwise, when violent waves surged through the bay.

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Creative writing: setting the underlying themes

Part 4 in the series ‘ enhancing your creative writing talent ’. By Melissa A Joy, fantasy writer and Blackheath Dawn consultant writer. Have you ever thought of what the underlying themes are in your stories? They can be about anything: true love, ambition, revenge, loneliness, friendship. There are so many things that can make up the core […]

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