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i have just finished the first thirty pages of my book which is about a world called Mystia which is made up of six realms. One of the realms has been under attack for fifty six years. Their enemy the Aszevarians have not recorded a single defeat during all of the fifty six years and they now prepare to march on the city of Dragosfeld, the last free city of the Flaerian race. My story follows the tale of Herios, a young army general who must lead his men to victory in Dragosfeld and must then march on the lands which rightfully belong to the Flaerians and take back the freedom of the Flaerian realms. What do you think to the general idea?


Well, honestly, you're not giving me much to judge by.

Could this be a good story?  Sure.  Could it be a bad one?  Of course.  It's all in the execution of it.

Good ideas for stories are a dime a dozen, after all.  But not all good ideas translate to good stories.  That takes hard work.

When you describe for me a story's concept only in terms of plot, I confess that my mind sort of glazes over.  Plot is, in my not-so-humble opinion, entirely secondary to character.

If you focus only on plot, with little attention paid to character growth, then you're going to end up with just one more book that is read (and perhaps enjoyed) today, but forgotten by next week.  Bookstore shelves are littered with them.

But if Herios is a character that the reader can really empathise with... if what he goes through makes for great inner conflict (echoed by the external conflict of the plot)... if you can make the reader ache inside when something bad happens to him...  then you're not only doing well, but rising above the bookstore detritus.  

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Vincent M. Wales


I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.


For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

BA in fiction writing.

Awards and Honors
My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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