Plotting: The Crucible

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.

Invaluable Writing Advice: Part II

Not long ago I put together a post sharing some invaluable writing advice offered by award-winning novelist, Colum McCann in his book, Letters to a Young Writer. But I'd only made it halfway through at the time, so I thought I'd share some further insights from the second half.

[Guest Post] On The Train to Know Where

I'm delighted to introduce novelist Gene Rosen who's put together a satirical story on the click bait articles we all fall victim to. You know the ones, "3 ways to get published in a week", "5 tips to make you write like Orwell." You click on them and learn sweet F.A. Enough of me, over to Gene.

[Guest Post] Spirituality and Magic in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

I'm delighted to introduce Ed White, writer of creative and visionary fiction, who's contributing to the blog this week with an insightful post on a significant subject in SFF: spirituality and religion. Enjoy!

Clitheroe Castle: A Case Study for the Fantasy Writer

Last week I took a drive up the motorway to the Duchy of Lancaster and to one of the smallest castles in England: Clitheroe. The purpose of this post is to give you some ideas for your world-building and writing. We’ll first look at the castle's features before exploring what life would have been like in the castle back in ye day.

The Myths of GDPR

There’s been a hell of a lot of confusion over this rather significant change in the law, with people offering different advice based on their interpretations of the regulations. It’s fair to say a few people have panicked too, and who’s to blame them with threats of million pound fines for non-compliance. The aim of this article is to quell those nerves and to offer some practical advice for writers on complying with the new laws.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #13 signs you’re a master writer, 55 grammar rules, blogging lessons, and the Hugo Awards nominees for 2018

Another interesting collection of articles for you this week, featuring signs you’re a master writer, the Hugo Awards nominees for 2018, blogging lessons, and 55 grammar rules. Thank you, bloggers, for the helpful content!

Sharing is Caring Thursday #12 20 calls for submissions, boosting blog engagement, keyboard-loving cats, and sociology and world-building

I'm back with another sharing is caring post, bringing you a taste of some of the best articles I've read in the world of blogging in the past week. A varied and insightful bunch awaits you below: 20 calls for submissions, boosting blog engagement, keyboard-loving cats, and sociology and world-building. Thank you, writers, for the top-notch content!

Making Maps: Part I

This two-part article looks at the nature of things and how they’re formed. Part one will examine oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, and deserts. Part two will look at forests, mountains, hills, swamps, snow, ice, and volcanoes.

Making The Most of Reading

Reading is an important way for a writer to learn the craft. Much of what I’ve picked up has come from seeing how others do things. This article shares some techniques I’ve found helpful to get the most out of reading.