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  1. Is it necessary? Arbitrary descriptions do not tend to be appreciated, so keep them to a minimum. Ask yourself, what is essential for an understanding of this scene? If the characters later escape via a hidden trapdoor, make sure to mention early on…

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  1. Usually the best thing to do is to power through the block. Perfecting your writing comes with editing. Nothing will be perfect the first time, even if you do not have writer’s block while you’re writing it. If you cannot think of a next sentence to write, remind yourself that it does not have to be good right away. A big cause of writer’s block is inconsistency. If you go several days without writing, it will take a while to get back into the rhythm of it. I have noticed this myself. During my spring break, when I wrote everyday…

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  1. There are two main types of magic systems: hard and soft. A hard magic system has strict rules and is often front and center within the story. Many times, one or more main characters will be able to perform magic themselves. On the other hand, a soft magic system is more mysterious. This is not to say that it has no boundaries; however, it typically plays a smaller role. Thus, the characters and reader will understand magic less because they do not need to know the rules. All in all, there is a spectrum of soft to hard magic, and…

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  1. Enemies to lovers: Tried and true, many readers adore an enemies to lovers romance. Do we need therapy? Possibly. Beginning as enemies, yet growing to love each other anyway, despite all their flaws, is adorable. Also, banter is a lot of fun to read and fights can cause tension. However, it is easy to go wrong when writing it, which can make it annoying to read. Some common mistakes include: having the hatred be unjustified, moving past the enemies stage too quickly, stopping the witty banter once the characters are in love, or making the relationship toxic. There should always…

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  1. Magic: Magic makes fights more dramatic because it expands what your characters are capable of doing when in danger. However, if a character has recently lost their ability to do magic, for whatever reason, the scene becomes more intriguing in the exact opposite way. The level of danger skyrockets because, even if they are good at fighting without magic, their defense is significantly weakened. Also, losing powers would force them to fight differently than in the past, ensuring that the battle stands out and is not a replica of a previous fray.
  2. Unique setting: Fight scenes are boring when the…

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  1. “I’m good now, I swear!” Who else loves the glorious awkwardness when a reformed villain is now part of the heroic band we’ve been following throughout the story? The heroes don’t trust the former villain. Perhaps they only keep them around so they don’t do villainous things. Maybe some members of the team forgive them, but others are a tad vengeful or hold a grudge. Watch the struggle towards mutual trust. Laugh at jokes about “Hey, remember when you tried to kill me?”. Show the redeemed villain facing their former friends, now their enemy. There is drama, there is trauma…

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