Creating Relatable Characters

One of the key aspects of thoughtful writing  is relatability: if you understand your subject matter, your reader is bound to be engaged and to feel informed by what you …

World Building

The other day someone commented on the map of Devagar. I believe they were drawn to it when they asked “How could you think of it all?”, as if it …

Light vs. Darkness

Writing a protagonist can be a challenging task: there can be many masks you’d like to wear and many personas you want to bring to life. When you have an …

The Elevator Pitch

“So, what’s your story about?” – That can easily be one of the hardest questions to answer after you’ve put so much energy and passion into creating a work of fiction. …

The Journey Back (Way, Way Back)

The question I get asked the most whenever the book comes up in conversation is: “Why write a story set in the Stone Age? Medieval fantasy is the thing right …

The Welcoming Ceremony

Hello, and welcome to this humble page! I’m P. J. Maia, author of “The Missing Spirit” and if you’re a fantasy fan, I hope this blog becomes a new source …