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Question I'm writing a fantasy book that revolves around souls, MC has to regain theirs, the villains steals them. I've been trying to research them, but I keep getting stuff about christainity, which doesn't exist in this world. By chance would you have any resources off hand about souls? Sorry if this too much, I know you get must dozens of questions a day like this.


Every mythology has different lore about souls (or doesn’t have any lore at all). Most religions believe you have a special part of you that makes you human. Souls are usually depicted as the reason you feel empathy, sympathy, love, and happiness; and the reason you have a personality. The souls do something after you die, whether they stick around or go to another place to be judged/spend eternity or get recycled and come back as something different.

That’s the tl;dr version of all the soul information you’ll find out there.

Since this is all very vague, you can go about your soul story in two ways. You can base your soul-reaping and whatnot off a religion or read a lot of religious texts on souls and try to mash all the lore together. OR you can make up a lot of stuff on your own and possibly make lore a loose basis for your story. There aren’t any hard and fast rules on souls, so feel free to fill in the gaps.



I just tried it for the first time. It’s a free program that lets you make “choose your own ending”/text-based games. So much fun! 

Whether you want to tell a multi-ending story or simply want to get into game writing, it seems like the way to go about it. I just wrote a piece about a standoff at a gas station in desolate post-war California, and got REALLY carried away.

Give it a try, you brilliant Razorgirls and Blade Runners.

Seven Extremely Good Reasons to Write the Ending First →


If you are writing for fun, and if you don’t want any help, please write any way that works for you. I am not trying to convert you to writing with a plan. It truly does not matter to me how you write. However, if you are struggling to finish a book that makes sense, I would love you to carry on reading.

Why should you do it?

When I used to teach Writers Write regularly, one of the first things I asked students was: How does your story end? I did this for two reasons. Firstly, as much as some people love the idea of working with meandering storylines, it has been my experience that those writers seldom finish writing a coherent book. Secondly, most people who go to workshops or sign up for courses are truly looking for help, and I’ve learned that the best way to succeed in anything in life is to have a plan. Successful people will tell you that you need to know where you’re going before you begin.

Smell the roses

This does not mean that you can’t take time to smell the roses, or explore hidden paths along the way. It simply means that you always have a lifeline and when you get lost, it will be easier for you to find your way back again. Remember that readers like destinations. They love beginnings, middles, and endings. Why do you think fans are terrified that George R.R. Martin will die before he finishes A Song of Fire and Ice? They want to know how the story ends. 

Here are seven reasons why I suggest you write your ending first.

  1. If you know who the characters are at the end of the story, you will know how much you should reveal about them at the beginning. 
  2. You will be forced out of the ‘backstory hell’ that beginner writers inhabit and into the story the reader wants to read.
  3. Hindsight is an amazing thing. We all know how different life seems when we’re looking back. We can often tell where a problem began. We think about the ‘what ifs’ with the gift of hindsight. You can use this to your advantage in fiction writing.
  4. You will have something to work towards. Instead of aimlessly writing and hoping for the muse to show you the way, you will be able to pull the characters’ strings and write the words they need to get them from the beginning through the middle to the end.
  5. Plotting from the ending backwards saves you so much time because you will leave out stuff that isn’t meant to be there. You will not have to muddle through an overwritten first draft.
  6. Writing the end forces most of us out of our comfort zones. We have to confront the reality of what we are doing. It might not be as romantic as flailing around like a helpless maiden, but if you want writing to be your profession, it’s good to make the outcome visible. This is a way to show yourself that you are serious. The end gives you a goal to work towards.
  7. The ending is as important as the beginning. Good beginnings get people to read your first book. Great endings get readers to buy your second book.

There are a handful of famous authors, like Stephen King and George R.R. Martin, who say they don’t plot. I think they just don’t realise they are those rare authors – natural born storytellers, and that plotting is instinctive for them. I have interviewed many successfully published authors and I can revel that the majority of them do believe in plotting. They outline, in varying degrees, before they begin. And yes, most of them know what their ending will be. Why don’t you try it? What have you got to lose?

I truly hope this helps you write, and finish, your book.

by Amanda Patterson

If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy 10 (Amazingly Simple) Tips to Get You Back on The Writing Track and The Author’s Promise- two things every writer should do. You could also read The Top 10 Tips for Plotting and Finishing a Book.

Question in order to get to know you better, i have some questions. 1. besides one republic & imagine dragons, who is you favorite artist? 2. what do you aspire to be when you're an adult? 3. who do you think has shaped you to be the person you are today? 4. do you think the person you like likes you back?

1. I’m gonna have to go with Gavin DeGraw on this one.

2. Either: a linguist, an architect, or an author

3. My family and friends seems like the respectably cliche answer, but that would be it. I have learned so many things from them that I find it hard to think of anything or anyone else who has helped in my growth.

4. Lol, no. (Though, I suppose the person I like is subject to change.)

Question S-So no special exception for Sammi? T_T

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I am not entirely sure who Sammi is. If this Sammi is you, sure! I would definitely make an exception for you! What kind of exception, may I ask? If requested, I could easily spend some time and write a poem or short story and post that on Tumblr for you… 

I think that would be a great idea in fact! Life is full of exceptions, so ask me to make one!

Question Hi there! I was taking a look at your blog (not to be creepy), and I was wondering if I could read some of your writing? Sorry if that's weird to ask, but you said you write in your About Me so I was really curious? T_T

I’m a big fan of science-fiction and fantasy, but I write a lot of stuff that I just think is interesting. I’ve never been a really big fan of putting my work on the internet, but you can read a (not so) creepy pasta titled The Mound here. I’ll warn you; it’s definitely not my best work. You can be sure it’s mine if it’s credited to “Chandy and Gart.”

I’ve started a few books, too, none of which I feel are as well-written as to publish them online, but someday in the near future I hope to wholly fulfill your question and have some other interesting short stories for you to read! 

Thanks for the message! I’d love answering more questions if anyone else has got any!