The crucible is one of the simplest and most effective plotting tools. At its core is the relationship between the protagonist and the antagonist. The conflict they share spawns plot. It illustrates wonderfully the interwoven relationship enjoyed between character and plot.
I’m a bit of a planner when it comes to writing. I need a framework, something to help keep my eye on the end game. Before I begin any story or chapter it has to be planned in as much detail as possible. In the past, most of my planning focused on plot. Moving the story from A to B. While I include character development in this, it never had much of a focal point.
5 Medieval Weapons To Use In Your Next Fantasy Book So often in our favourite fantasy books, we see medieval weapons, or fantasy weapons inspired
This week we conclude our tour through medieval history with a glance at the weird and wonderful world of weaponry. This is not a comprehensive guide—I’m sure some of you will be annoyed I’ve left out your favourites—but rather a look at some of the lesser known yet effective weapons.
What Fantasy Writers Can Learn From Historical Fiction Today I’m delighted to introduce fellow writer and historical fiction lover, Jack Shannon. Jack approached me with
Today I thought I’d share with you the story of how I came to discover three books that changed my writing forever. I’ll tell you a bit about them too, and why they may be of use to you in your quest to become a better writer.
It’s that time of year when we look back and wonder, “What the hell have I done with the past year?”
Is the novel dead? I’m running a poll in response to an article I saw a couple weeks back and I want to hear from the #writingcommunity.
From spelling, grammar and prose to finding publishers and making maps, there’s a ripe bunch of resources out there designed to make the writer’s life that little bit easier. And many of them are free! Over the years I’ve tried quite a few and some I use every day. Below you’ll find a list of my the ones I’ve found most helpful.
The task of writing a cover letter can sometimes feel tougher than writing the actual story. Luckily, guidance is plentiful and having studied that guidance, I’ve put together a quick guide complete with examples.