44. Master of Sorrows by Justin Call – Crafting Compelling Magic Systems

An in-depth look at creating interesting, cohesive magic that improves your story in meaningful ways. 

This is a follow up to an interview I did with the author a few weeks ago. We had an excellent chat about his book as a whole, and to complement our discussion, I wanted to do an episode diving deep into his magic system – which I really enjoyed and made the book feel super unique. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

My interview with Justin, author of Master of Sorrows: https://novelanalyst.com/2020/01/07/justin-call-interview/

My upcoming space fantasy book, Across the Broken Stars: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49125250-across-the-broken-stars

[Sneak Peek] – Chapter 1 of Across the Broken Stars – My Upcoming Space Fantasy Novel

To celebrate the upcoming release of my epic space fantasy novel, Across the Broken Stars, I’m sharing chapter 1 of the book – read by yours truly. (If you want to read it instead, click here).

The book releases on Feb 3rd, 2020. I’m so excited to share it with you!

Click here to learn more (and to buy the book once it releases):

jedherne.com/acrossthebrokenstars

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Blurb:

Leon has a secret. He was once an angel – a winged warrior sworn to protect Paya, a realm where people live on discs that float in space.

He failed.

Now Leon’s a broken man, trying to forget the past. He thinks he’s the last angel. But then a young fugitive stumbles onto Leon’s doorstep. She’s an angel, too. And she has a riddle leading to a place where angels still live. Or so the stories claim…

Desperate for redemption, Leon begins a perilous quest through myth and folklore. But will Leon and the fugitive find their legendary destination? Or will Leon lose his last chance for salvation?

Brutal and gripping, this is a story about a flawed man’s search for forgiveness.

“If you are looking for an epic fantasy that has a unique setting, this is it.” – Kate Valent, Reedsy Discovery.

43. [Interview] Justin Call – Author of Master of Sorrows – board games, fantasy, and the creative life

Justin Call graduated from Harvard University in 2012 with a Master’s in Literature and Creative Writing. He has studied fantasy literature for almost two decades and is the author of Master of Sorrows, Book 1 of The Silent Gods tetralogy. Justin is also the CEO of Broomstick Monkey Games and co-designer of the games Imperial Harvest, Royal Strawberries, Royal Scum, and 8 Kingdoms. He currently lives in Park City, Utah with his wife, his two sons, his Great Dane (Pippa) and his St. Bernard-Mastiff (Herbie).

In this interview, we dive deep into his creative process, explore how designing board games has helped his world building, and discuss how he’s writing one of the most challenging and subversive fantasy series of this decade.

Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

https://justintcall.com/

@Justin_T_Call (twitter)

Justin’s top writing-advice books/resources:


– Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

– The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

– The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

– The Writing Excuses podcast

– 101 Habits of Highly Effective Writers

– 101 Habits of Highly Effective Screenwriters

Justin’s top books/authors:

– ‘Crowfall’ by Ed McDonald

– Book of the Ancestor Series by Mark Lawrence

– Anything by Brandon Sanderson (I second this suggestion). 

My notes:

Half-Baked Stories podcast

@jedherne (Twitter, Instagram)

jedherne.com

8 Top Writing Lessons From 8 Years of Writing

It’s been 8 years since I started writing in 2012. Listen to today’s podcast to discover the 8 biggest lessons I’ve learned.

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Show Notes:

Across the Broken Stars – goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49125250-across-the-broken-stars

Best writing advice resources:

Anything by K. M. Weiland

Brandon Sanderson’s online lectures

Lessons from the Screenplay

Story by Robert McKee

Dialogue by Robert McKee

The Anatomy of Story by John Truby

The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

(Note: some of those links are affiliate links, which means if you use them, I may receive compensation – at no extra cost to you. It’s a win-win!)

42. A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix – The Triumph of Humanity

Cohesion and resonance. More than anything else, they’re what will elevate your story above the rest, and leave readers thinking long after the final page.

This is the story of my three deaths.

– A Confusion of Princes, by Garth Nix



Show Notes:

Send me your questions: https://jedherne.com/question/

Or: jed.herne1[at]gmail.com

Listen to my in-depth analysis of an amazing fight scene: https://novelanalyst.com/2019/10/16/38-words-of-radiance-by-brandon-sanderson-giving-readers-chills/

40. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy – Writing an Amazing Series

For months, I’ve struggled with how to write a series. See, most of my ideas come to me as stand-alone books, but this current project felt like something bigger than one novel.

A few weeks ago, I had an epiphany.

Now, I think I’ve cracked the code on writing a series.

And today I’ll share it with you.

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Show Notes:

My interview on A Writer’s Explorations

A huge Q & A writing talk I gave to primary school students

My previous episode analysing Skulduggery Pleasant Book 6 – Death Bringer

Derek’s 2010 blog article that I quoted

The Anatomy of Story by John Truby

Save the Cat Goes to the Movies by Blake Snyder

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