Author Archives: Melissa Berg

About Melissa Berg

Melissa Berg is the author of the Shifting Balance Series, which has been her passion for the past ten years. She also works as an illustrator and studied art and design at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. When she isn’t writing or painting or entertaining her son, she is pursuing the art of 3D computer illustration/animation, as a side project and to feed her fascination in the ever-expanding medium used for storytelling. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband, young son, and a crazy Border Collie.

Mixing Genres: An Important Writer’s Tool — Melissa Berg

Author Melissa Berg is back with a look at how mixing genres can be an invaluable tool that every writer should have. She will look at three ways different stories have used this technique. If you like Melissa’s article, you can read … Continue reading

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The Conflicted Heart of a True Anti-hero – by Melissa Berg

What is it about the anti-hero that we love so much? Today on EFW, author Melissa Berg looks at what makes an anti-hero and why this type of character’s journey is so compelling both to read and to write. Want more … Continue reading

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Invocation of the Muse – by Melissa Berg, Plus Some Great Music to Inspire Great Writing!

Today, author Melissa Berg returns to talk about the Muse! What do you use to get inspired? Below, Melissa will call upon those mystic Goddesses to help you find your Muse, while sharing some of her favorite music. What does she … Continue reading

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Melissa Berg – The Science of Magic

Today, author Melissa Berg returns to talk about Magic! What is one of the most important ingredients for magic? Read on to find out what is essential in order to create a believable magic system for your world. To read more by Melissa Berg, go HERE.  … Continue reading

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6 Tips For Writing Engaging and Tension-filled Fight Scenes

Today, author Melissa Berg returns to talk about the two main types of fight scenes: Sword fights and epic battles. Want to know how to make your fights exciting and fun to read? Read on to find out her easy formula for … Continue reading

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Atmosphere of Culture – by Melissa Berg

Today, author Melissa Berg returns to talk about creating an atmosphere for your fantasy novel that is real and immersive. Want to know why real experiences are essential? Read on to find out how just one past experience gave her … Continue reading

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Fantasy Maps, and a Tutorial on how to make your map look like Google Earth!

What is an epic fantasy novel without a map? Just like we need Siri to tell us how to find the closest café or, if you prefer, the closest wine bar, a properly built fantasy world should have a way … Continue reading

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Writing From the Artist’s Point of View

I am an artist. I’ve said that since the first grade. Most artists know this already starting at a very young age. It is in our blood, and we must create to feel at ease in our own skin. Painting, … Continue reading

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Five Clichés that should be kicked in the butt… and then remolded and reused… Think Green—Recycle!

(“Because there are some good clichés in this world, Mr. Frodo, and they’re worth fighting for!”) All right, first I want to say: Your article was great, Yicheng! Good job! Obviously it made me start thinking. Thank you so much … Continue reading

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Dragons: Myth or Science? – Melissa Berg

Since the dawning of man’s ability to dream and imagine, Dragons have been in existence. And like many other mythical beasts, it has played a huge part in understanding the oft times cruel world our forebears lived in. Dragons, in … Continue reading

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