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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – George R.R. Martin

12 Jan

Welcome to my blog. I hope 2016 has treated all of you well so far. Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog. Check out her weekly wrap-up every Tuesday and be inspired by all the quotes.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and Colleen have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to Colleen’s post. She will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up she does each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

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I have a love/hate relationship (in my head) with the author of A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin. He’s a brilliant writer and I love that he is fearless when it comes to taking risks with his storytelling, but if he kills off another one of my favorite characters . . . #%^ƒµ∫>!

Anyway, here are 10 Fantasy Writing Tips from the talented fantasy author that can help writers write their own epic tales. (Those are his comments under each tip.)

1- Don’t Limit Your Imagination

“Before A Song of Ice and Fire I had been working in television for ten years.When I went back to prose, there were suddenly no limits: I could write something huge with all the characters I wanted, with battles, dragons and immense settings.”

2- Choose your point-of-view characters to broaden the narrative’s scope

“My story is essentially about a world at war. It begins very small with everybody apart from Daenerys in the castle of Winterfell. It’s a very tight focus, and then as the characters split apart, each character encounters more people and additional POVs come into focus.”

3- It’s okay to “borrow” from history

“Although my story is fantasy, it is strongly grounded in actual Medieval history.”

4- Believable POVs

“Ultimately all of us are alone in the universe — the only person we ever really know deeply is ourselves. Obviously, I’ve never been a dwarf or a princess, so when I’m writing these characters I have to try and get inside their skin and see what the world would be like from their position. It’s not always easy.”

5- Grief is a powerful tool — but don’t overdo it

“Presenting not just death, but grief is important. At some point, we all experience the loss of our parents, or sibling or close friend and it’s a very powerful emotion.”

6- Violence should have consequences — so spare nothing! 

“If you’re going to write about Medieval-style warfare, you need to show it — those swords aren’t just for show. You should present it honestly in all its ugliness and horror.”

7- Avoid fantasy cliches

“One of the things that drives me crazy is the externalisation of evil, where evil comes from the “Dark Lord” who sits in his dark palace with his dark minions who all wear black and are very ugly.”

 8- Creating “grey” characters

“Grey characters have always interested me the most and I think the world is full of them.”

9- Juggling lots of characters takes skill — and luck

“Sometimes these damn characters have a mind of their own and refuse to do what I want them to do.”

10- Remember: Winter is coming

“There is darkness in the world but we don’t have to give way to despair. One of the best themes in The Lord of the Rings is that despair is the ultimate crime.”

♦ To read George R.R. Martin’s full article, which is very interesting and helpful, click on the link below.

Top 10 Fantasy Writing Tips From ‘Game Of Thrones’ Author George R.R. Martin

Writer’s Quote Wednesday

17 Jun

Hello everyone! Welcome to Writer’s Quote Wednesday hosted by Colleen Chesebro from Silver Threading. Please visit her fabulous blog and check out her interesting posts.

Game of Thrones

“There are three rules for writing a novel.

Unfortunately no one knows what they are.”

~W. Somerset Maugham

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If you’re a fan of the HBO series Game of Thrones then you may also be a fan of the author whose books the series is based on, George R. R. Martin. Whenever I talk about the rules of writing I tend to think of several popular writers, George R. R. Martin being prominent in my mind. He’s broken so many ‘rules’ I’ve lost count. But yet, he is genius in the choosing of which rules to break, and his timing is impeccable. His writing is unique and fascinating because he takes many risks. The HBO series is as captivating as his books because he is also one of the  screenwriters of the show.

What makes your writing different from that of other writers? Do you take risks when it comes to your writing?

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Haiku Friday – Inspire & Loss

12 Jun

Hello everyone! First, I’d like to apologize to everyone for being MIA these last two weeks. It was not intentional. My lap top gave out on me and I was unable to get online to post, link up or anything else. It was a nightmare, believe me. Well, the problem has been resolved and I’m happy to be back.

Today is Haiku Friday and today’s prompt words are provided by Ron from RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. The prompt words are Inspire and Loss.

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by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

New blooms are inspired

As flowers shed their petals

Lose one gain many



Sometimes you have to sacrifice the one for the many. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to make a tough decision that meant someone would suffer for the sake of the many? I watched last week’s episode of Game of Thrones and without giving anything away, I have to say that if you thought the ‘Red Wedding‘ episode was shocking––prepare yourself. Anyway, last week’s episode got me thinking about how far I would go to get what I want. How far would you go?


Art That Captures The Imagination

24 Jul

Art That Captures The Imagination

Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Vashti Quiroz-Vega, for those of you visiting for the first time. I am a writer of Fantasy, Suspense and Thrillers. I do, however, have a tendency to mix a little Romance, horror or humor (among other genres) into my stories.

I love art, creativity and beauty, and I know these come in many forms. In my quest to build my author platform, I have met and befriended a group of incredibly talented individuals. Writers, poets, artists and even singers who are masterful at what they do. I feel blessed to have found them, and I would be selfish if I kept the beauty, artistry and creativeness of their craft all to myself.

So for the next few weeks I will be featuring their art, writings and music along with my own work on this blog. I guarantee you will enjoy every bit of it.

In today’s post I will feature a talented artist name Erin Coldrick. I came across one of Erin Coldrick’s illustrations on Google+, and I was mesmerized. Those of you who know me are aware that I love the HBO series “Game of Thrones” (okay, I’m obsessed with it). I asked Erin if I might see more of her work, and it turns out that she loves the series as much as I do (we’re kindred nerds). Her drawings are marvelous to say the least, so I was compelled to show them off here on my blog. Even if you’re not a geeky fan of the show (like I am), you can still enjoy the skill and creativeness that went into these beautiful pencil drawings.

I added a few quotes and other elements from the show for dramatic reasons (further establishing my geekiness).

Erin Coldrick has been an artist for over twenty years. She loves working with pencil, but has also experimented with color painting. She lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her handsome husband of nine years and their beautiful eight-year-old daughter. Erin has been a tattoo artist for the last thirteen years. She works out of her own shop.

Ancient Elements Tattoo
1630 Burntcoat Road
R.R.#1 Noel, NS


I hope you enjoy Erin Coldrick’s stunning portrayals of characters from the fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

WINTER IS COMING.  The North remembers. There is no shelter from the storm. Fear cuts deeper than swords. …and not a soul to hear. Can a man still be brave when he is afraid? That is the only time a man can be brave. ~Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen exiled princess of the Targaryen Dynasty, Kahaleesi, a queen of the Dothraki and mother of dragons. "I do not have a gentle heart. I will take what is mine with fire and blood."

Daenerys Targaryen exiled princess of the Targaryen Dynasty, Kahaleesi, a queen of the Dothraki and mother of dragons.
“I do not have a gentle heart. I will take what is mine with fire and blood.”

Arya Stark

Arya Stark of Winterfell

Tyrion Lannister and Bronn

Tyrion Lannister and Bronn
Tyrion: “I understand the way this game is played.”

Sandor Clegane "The Hound"

Sandor Clegane “The Hound”

Lord Commander Jeor Mormont  He gave up his lands to serve the Night's Watch.

Lord Commander Jeor Mormont
He gave up his lands to serve the Night’s Watch.

Night gathers, and now my watch begins.

It shall not end until my death.

I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children.

I shall wear no crowns and win no glory.


I am the watcher on the walls.

I am the fire that burns against the cold.

The light that brings the dawn.

The horn that wakes the sleepers.

The shield that guards the realms of men.

I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch.

For this night and for all nights to come.

The Wall

The Wall

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