Building Worlds

We read stories to become lost in new and unexplored worlds, ones filled with possibilities, mysteries, and oddities. The world in which a story is set is important to any tale, particularly so when it comes to science fiction and fantasy.

Prose: The ‘Dreaded’ Passive Voice

The passive voice was something of a mystery to me when I first began writing. Once I learned about it, panic consumed me like realising I'd not locked the front door while boarding a plane. Everything I'd written up to that point was riddled with it, dripping from sentences like phlegm.

You can now follow on Twitter!

Hello all, I hope you're well. The weekend is nearly upon us and we can all sigh with relief. A few people have enquired about social media profiles, so I've set up a dedicated Twitter account for anyone that's interested. https://twitter.com/Magpie_Richie As well as posting updates, I'll try and share some helpful creative writing articles… Continue reading You can now follow on Twitter!

Playing God: Tools for Crafting Characters

It’s not an easy skill to come up with interesting and compelling characters. My research article exploring reasons why people stop reading a book revealed weak characterisation to be one of the biggest culprits. This article will first consider what makes a character interesting before going on to explore some tools to help you craft your own.