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7 Tips to Using Curses in Fiction: Eye of Newt Can Expire

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Legends of Windemere

Curses can have a lot of pitfalls when you use them.  Have they been done already and in the same fashion?  Do they have a purpose in the story beyond window dressing or a comical reaction?  Is it really a hindrance?  Plenty of questions to consider, so let’s see if we can clear any of those up.

  1. Curses need to have a downside even if the character has figured out a way to use it in a positive way.  These are supposed to be the opposite of helpful spells, which means harm was intended.  It could be the threat of a social incident or a physical malady under certain situations, but you need it to be bad for the curse to have any type of impact.  Otherwise, it comes off as a blessing and there is no reason to have it removed or complain about it at all.  Why even…

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Author: jowensauthor

I'm a geeky, animal/cat-loving author of Fantasy and YA Fiction. I'm a supporter of animal charities such as the WWF. I'm also a fan of anime and sci-fi/fantasy. I'm an avid reader as well, and enjoy mainly reading fantasies, mysteries, and books about animals. I have a B.A. in History with a minor in English. I also dabble in making jewelry, reading tarot, and am interested in the paranormal. You can find out more about me and my various books and writings at my website: You can also find me on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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