Tag Archives: Writing

Gritty Stories, Humanizing Villains, and Narrative Consequences

Claudie Arseneault/ May 18, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Worldbuilding, Writing/ 0 comments

For as long as I remember, I have loved villains. It’s not really a surprise. Main characters usually are pretty bland and have telegraphed romances, while villains have rich motives, a lot of drive, and are so often coded as queer (and heck, often more precisely as aromantic and asexual). I lived for Redemption Arcs and absolutely loved novels who

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Interview with RoAnna Sylver, Author of the Chameleon Moon

Claudie Arseneault/ April 2, 2017/ Books, Community/ 0 comments

Hello ladies, gentlemen, and nonbinary friends! I hope you like my author interviews because today we welcome the sweetest, most beautiful author-writer of my entourage (I have an entourage now, apparently): RoAnna Sylver! The second book in the Chameleon Moon series, The Lifeline Signal, was the first I had the honour of editing, and it released on March 21st! So we’re

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A Tiny Indie Editor’s Guide To Writing Call for Submissions

Claudie Arseneault/ March 20, 2017/ Books, Projects, Publication, Wings of Renewal, Writing/ 0 comments

I strongly believe that being indie is no excuse for not running an overall smooth show. Sure, you’ll run into hurdles. Everyone has unexpected issues. But if you mean to publish other writers, it is your responsability to gather as much information as you can before launching into your project. Know the business, even if you never ran it yourself.

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Le Tunnel Dufferin

Claudie Arseneault/ November 3, 2016/ Inspiration and Ideas, Personal, Projects, Varia/ 0 comments

On November 7, I have a new short story released from Solarpunk Press, Le carré rouge, which is a very personal take on Québec and solarpunk, and how the two might entwined. The short draws upon many elements specific to the province’s history and my own activism, and I wanted to talk more about these.  Le tunnel Dufferin Halloween just passed,

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How to Write a Fight Scene, Even if You Don’t Know Shit About Fighting — Part 2: Double Duty and Mistakes

Claudie Arseneault/ October 1, 2016/ Editing, Writing/ 0 comments

Welcome back to my aptly named mini-series, in which I discuss how I approach fight scenes despite my lack of concrete knowledge of swordfighting (not that you shouldn’t research at all, but there are ways to get away with some basic know-how!). Part 1 served as an introduction, and Part 3 will have a concrete example to analyse, but I

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Isandor3 and Writer Fatigue

Claudie Arseneault/ December 9, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Writers are not endless creative wells. And I think it can be hard for some of us to hear or discover that. Sometimes when you write and write and write, then edit and edit and edit … the well just run dries. It becomes harder to gather the motivation to put words on the pages, and even when you do

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Solarpunk Dragon Anthology !!!

Claudie Arseneault/ May 25, 2015/ Books, Editing, Inspiration and Ideas, Projects, Wings of Renewal, Writing/ 0 comments

Let me tell you about my latest, most exciting project. Because right now, it’s hard for me not to run everywhere around and squeal. This summer, I will be editing an absolutely wonderful anthology centered about solarpunk dragons. I just finished a short story about this, and my writer, friend, and editor Brenda and me were so excited about all

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