The Races of Fantasy: Re-use, Recycle, or Rubbish

I see many complaints about the stereotypical races found in fantasy. Elves who sing to the birds and can shoot a wing off a fly from three hundred yards away without looking. Beardy dwarves who heft axes bigger than their bodies and defy sadistic dragons for a bit of gold. … Read More >The Races of Fantasy: Re-use, Recycle, or Rubbish

Sharing is Caring Thursdays #3 Editing, querying, writing myths, and growing your blog

It’s Thursday (we’re almost there) and that time of the week to give you a round-up of some of the best articles I’ve come across in the past week. Today: self-editing, querying, writing myths, and growing your blog. You’re bound to find something of use. … Read More >Sharing is Caring Thursdays #3 Editing, querying, writing myths, and growing your blog

Prose: The Controversial Flashback

Why the hostility toward flashbacks? If done well, they work. But done badly, they break the reader’s experience, preventing them from discovering what happens next in the story. To quote editor, Sol Stein, “If we are enthralled, we don’t want to be interrupted.” The trick, therefore, if you feel compelled to use one, is to use the flashback in as little a disruptive way as possible. Here are a few techniques to help you do that. … Read More >Prose: The Controversial Flashback

Plotting: Architectural Suspense

We’ve all read that novel where at some point you put it down and forget it ever existed until you trip over it one day and then in a state of annoyance donate it to the charity shop. It failed to grip you, to compel you to go on. Often the culprit is a lack of suspense—the glue that binds the reader’s hands to the covers. … Read More >Plotting: Architectural Suspense

A Guide To Writing Fight Scenes

On social media, forums and Reddit of late I’ve seen quite a few people asking about writing fight scenes. So this week, with axes in hand, I thought we’d battle our way through it. … Read More >A Guide To Writing Fight Scenes

What Is Characterization?

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. … Read More >What Is Characterization?