August MacGregor

Celebrating Sensuality. Intended for mature audiences, 18 and over

More Dramatic than a Goblin Army


spooky woods, by spodzone (Flickr, Creative Commons)

spodzone (Flickr, Creative Commons)

“If you want to write a fantasy story with Norse gods, sentient robots, and telepathic dinosaurs, you can do just that. Want to throw in a vampire and a lesbian unicorn while you’re at it? Go ahead. Nothing’s off limits. But the endless possibility of the genre is a trap. It’s easy to get distracted by the glittering props available to you and forget what you’re supposed to be doing: telling a good story. Don’t get me wrong, magic is cool. But a nervous mother singing to her child at night while something moves quietly through the dark outside her house? That’s a story. Handled properly, it’s more dramatic than any apocalypse or goblin army could ever be.”
― Patrick Rothfuss

Source: Goodreads
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Author: augustmacgregor

I'm a writer of erotica and romantic fiction.

6 thoughts on “More Dramatic than a Goblin Army

  1. Yes! August true that! Hope your writing is going well my friend!


  2. Oh so true. The trick is in the handling 😉 Tell a good tale, let others worry about the genre.


  3. I have to say that these quotes on writing are beginning to blossom thoughts of writing. Writing actual stories is a daunting task to me to “get it right” or “good enough” for an audience to enjoy thoroughly. Your stream of writing snippets and quotes make it not a daunting task but a challenging one and then not challenging but interesting and then not interesting but plausible and enjoyable and that opens to satisfying. Thank you


    • Jayne, what a tremendous comment! I love that you’ve had that reaction! When I scheduled the quotes for November, I wanted to inspire myself during NaNoWriMo — as well as others. I would advise that you write for yourself first. Tell yourself a story. Try not to worry about other readers. Like I wrote in my post about self-doubt, worries about “Am I good enough?” keep coming for me. Maybe they always will. But the idea is to keep going. Keep writing for yourself, first and foremost. There’s a good chance your writing will connect with someone out there. Your writing on your blog has already connected with me. So I hope you continue writing.


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