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The Heroes’ Guild

One of the things readers enjoy most about The Dark Profit Saga is the extensive worldbuilding behind the satire.  I’m opening up some of my notes and sharing (spoiler free) lore and background information behind Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and less vowels.

The Heroes’ Guild is an international organization of professional adventurers, who specialize in monster slaying, treasure acquisition, hostage retrieval, and more.  The Guild is among the largest and most powerful organizations on Arth, with wealth rivaling even Andarun’s treasury. Under the banner of a sword crossed with a fiery comet—officially called the Sword and the Sorcery, but affectionately referred to as the old Hack n’ Slash—professional heroes protect all the people of light (and make considerable sums doing so).

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How To Outline Your Novel In Scrivener

A while back (okay, a long while back), I wrote about the value of outlining your novel. It’s a great way to get the plot and structure of your book going, and it helps you solve for the big narrative early on. If you’re writing in Scrivener, however, it can be much more than that: an outline in Scrivener is really a living foundation to build your novel on.

To show you how it’s done, I’m going to walk you through the outlining of my amazing romance concept: Pants on FirePants on Fire explores the whirlwind of lies and lust that explodes when Jane falls in love with a dishonest politician. Think Dirty Dancing meets Mitch McConnell. (And now try to un-think it. That’s right. You can’t.)

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