Author name: richiebilling

Richie Billing writes fantasy fiction, historical fiction and stories of a darker nature. He's had over a dozen short stories published in various magazines and journals, with one adapted for BBC radio. In 2021 his debut novel, Pariah's Lament, an epic fantasy, was published by Of Metal and Magic. Richie also runs The Fantasy Writers' Toolshed, a podcast devoted to helping writers improve their craft. Most nights you can find him up into the wee hours scribbling away or watching the NBA.

What Is Foreshadowing In A Story? Examples, Tips and How To

Foreshadowing in a story is an important tool for any writer. In this guide, we’ll answer the question, ‘what is foreshadowing?’, exploring its definition and using lots of examples to reinforce our knowledge. We’ll also explore conflict in this guide and the important role it plays in writing fiction. Conflict, as you may already know, …

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How To Edit A Novel

A good story is grown. It takes weeks, months, of careful nurturing, uncovering the meanings hidden within, fixing characters so they leap from the page, refining plot and prose to make it gripping and immersive. Just like growing a plant, a story requires patience and dedication.

Prose In Writing – Here’s What You Need To Know

As a creative writing teacher, a common question I get asked is “what is prose in writing?” The term prose simply refers to written or spoken language. In the context of books and authors, it describes a style of writing, distinct from poetry or metrics. But crucially for writers, how do we improve our prose …

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The Lives Of Medieval Peasants

Welcome to another instalment of Fantasy Fridays. Today we’re looking at the lives of the medieval peasantry, a class of people somewhat shrouded in mystery—peasants weren’t good note-takers. In exploring the lives of the peasantry we’ll uncover what it was like to be one of them, the kinds of houses and towns they lived in, and what their day to day lives involved. There’s plenty of nuggets of information for you to pick up along the way which you can use to enrich your fantasy stories.

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