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  • Atlas’ Tool Box: World Building – Don’t Get Distracted

    This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building

    How many of you reading this right now should be writing? If that drives you to stop reading and go write, then good (but make sure you come back when you are done please). Better would be to finish reading this and then go write. Distractions. They are the bane of the writer’s existence. There […]

    Mark Malcom

    Mark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.

    The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.

    Mark Currently has his first book out Guardians of the Herald: Angels and Demons on sale from his website where you can get an autographed copy plus short story here: http://www.firstchevalier.com/product/guardians-of-the-herald-angels-and-demons-2/.

    Offers structure and content critiquing services: http://www.firstchevalier.com/the-cavliers-sword/fiction-critiquing-services-by-the-cavalier-mark-malcolm/

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  • Atlas’ Tool Box: World Building – Staying Consistent

    This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building

    World Building: Staying Consistent The world you’ve created, if only in your head for now, is the setting or stage upon which the more interesting thing happens. The more interesting thing is, presumably, your story. You have a point to make, a damsel or dude in distress to rescue, or a twist to reveal. In […]

    Mark Malcom

    Mark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.

    The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.

    Mark Currently has his first book out Guardians of the Herald: Angels and Demons on sale from his website where you can get an autographed copy plus short story here: http://www.firstchevalier.com/product/guardians-of-the-herald-angels-and-demons-2/.

    Offers structure and content critiquing services: http://www.firstchevalier.com/the-cavliers-sword/fiction-critiquing-services-by-the-cavalier-mark-malcolm/

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  • Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building: Where to Stop

    This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building

    Don’t fall into the world building trap of the never-ending punch-list of things you need to detail. “Oh, I just need to flesh-out the Purple Widget People that live on the eastern shores of Avoiding mystery Island.” How do you know when it’s time to stop writing the background and start telling the story? Last […]

    Mark Malcom

    Mark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.

    The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.

    Mark Currently has his first book out Guardians of the Herald: Angels and Demons on sale from his website where you can get an autographed copy plus short story here: http://www.firstchevalier.com/product/guardians-of-the-herald-angels-and-demons-2/.

    Offers structure and content critiquing services: http://www.firstchevalier.com/the-cavliers-sword/fiction-critiquing-services-by-the-cavalier-mark-malcolm/

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  • Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building: Where to Begin?

    This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Atlas’ Tool Box – World Building

    “That’s so cool!” your friend says after you spew forth your latest story idea. Now what? Suspension of disbelief is the endgame a good writer is trying to achieve when we create a fictional world. Our primary goal is to get the reader to step into this world and then forget it is fictional while […]

    Mark Malcom

    Mark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.

    The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.

    Mark Currently has his first book out Guardians of the Herald: Angels and Demons on sale from his website where you can get an autographed copy plus short story here: http://www.firstchevalier.com/product/guardians-of-the-herald-angels-and-demons-2/.

    Offers structure and content critiquing services: http://www.firstchevalier.com/the-cavliers-sword/fiction-critiquing-services-by-the-cavalier-mark-malcolm/