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The Missing Alchemist by Caldric Blackwell
Having grown up in an orphanage, Craig Pike appreciates his comfortable life as a student of Cornelius, a famous alchemist. But when Cornelius is kidnapped, Craig leaves comfort behind to search for him. Craig teams up with Audrey Clife, a clever archer, and together they travel across mysterious lands and battle otherworldly creatures. Their journey reveals that Cornelius’s kidnapping is only a small part of an evil alchemist’s elaborate grab for power, and the only people standing in his way are Craig and Audrey…
Finding the Perfect Writing Resources for Fiction Authors
by Caldric Blackwell
Whether you’ve written three young adult series or you’re outlining your first novel, chances are you don’t know everything about writing fiction. Luckily, we live in an age where there are hosts of free and inexpensive resources to help you improve your craft.
One of the first places you should look for writing resources is at the bookstore or library. There are a number of helpful, insightful books that should be on every writer’s bookshelf. “The Elements of Style,” by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, is an old standby that is still relevant today. With its concise, witty approach, “The Elements of Style” covers everything from misused words to form and style. I’m also a big fan of Stephen King’s “On Writing.” Regardless of your writing experience and goals, you’re sure to find a resource book that will teach you a thing or two.
Another great resource is the Internet forum. The benefit of this platform is that you have instant access to people from a variety of backgrounds. Of course, without knowing every poster’s credentials, all advice should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, the collective knowledge on these platforms is invaluable. Some of my favorite writing forums are www.absolutewrite.com/forums and www.writingforums.com.
Joining a local writing group is another way to get information on improving your writing. One of the greatest benefits of writing groups is you can ask questions in real-time. Writing groups tend to have members representing a variety of experience levels, which creates a welcoming, informative atmosphere.
Now that you have three potential writing resources fresh in your mind, improving your fiction writing is only a matter of getting started!
About The Author
Caldric Blackwell realized he loved reading when he read about a bunch of people (with single-syllable names) and their pets (also with single-syllable names) in kindergarten.
Exposure to a host of great authors while studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara inspired him to begin writing fiction. Although he began writing short stories for adults, he eventually migrated to writing children’s books. His debut work is an early chapter book titled The Enchanted River Race. His next release is a picture book, The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf.
Outside of writing, Caldric enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing a variety of string instruments. Caldric currently resides in California.