Delusions of Grammar
- Aug 3, 2014
- Ballynahinch, County Down
Wizard is the nice word, while witch is the put down. I'd use both, depending on who's talking.I think having female wizards would be readily accepted and would be preferable to the term witch, due to the negative connotation associated with the latter.
There are two basic techniques (and dozens of intermediate ones). If you're a plotter plan out the phases of your story in advance, and ignore all off-map interventions. If you're a pantser (panzer, perhaps?) investigate those side paths, supposedly short cuts and potentially depth improveng bypasses. Some of them are likely to be interesting in their own right, others opening secrets about your major characters, and you're going to edit the talelater, anyway. Just don't throw away the unuseable ideas.
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