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Character Group Dynamics

Character Group Dynamics 

One of the most important tasks of a writer is to get the reader to engage with their characters, but almost as important is how your characters engage with each other. Their interactions are what make up the narrative and drama of the book, bringing the story to life. How can your hero show off […]

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What I Learned as a Tabletop Gamer

What I Learned as a Tabletop Gamer 

In news that will shock precisely no one that has spoken to me for any amount of time, I am a massive nerd. Like, huge. I am the kind of nerd who is genuinely surprised when people don’t enjoy hour long one-sided conversations (re: rants) about political systems of Middle Earth or subtleties hidden within […]

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Everyone’s Got A Point (of View) – Part One: First Person

Everyone’s Got A Point (of View) – Part One: First Person 

I’ve never liked violence. Doesn’t mean I’m not good at it, I’m just not fond of it. But survival’s become something of a habit and if that means getting in the first punch, kick, or whack with whatever object comes to hand, I’m all for it. – Corin Hayes And after that shameless self-promotion let’s […]

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Using Scrivener To Store Your Research & Notes

Using Scrivener To Store Your Research & Notes 

If you enjoy writing, it’s quite possible that you’ve heard of Scrivener. The writing software, available for both Mac and PC, is a firm favourite for both published and unpublished writers alike. However, many are unaware of its numerous features and how it is much more than just yet-another-word-processor. It’s only when they learn that […]

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New Models for Magicians

New Models for Magicians 

In many fantasy stories, magicians often follow one or two traditional models. Many are often portrayed as guides or teachers that assist the protagonist. Often this mentor is described as an old man, with a long, white beard. They wear robes and carry walking staffs. Merlin and Gandalf cast long shadows over the genre. Alternatively, […]

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Worldbuilding: The Nihilistic Architect and the Negligent Gardener

Worldbuilding: The Nihilistic Architect and the Negligent Gardener 

George RR Martin’s now famous analogy of the architect and the gardener distilled the craft of novel-writing into two distinct creative approaches. I would suggest that this is a particularly useful analogy when thinking specifically about worldbuilding – the manner in which writers go about creating a fictional universe for their story to live within. […]

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Writing Multi-Layered Narratives

Writing Multi-Layered Narratives 

Ideas Are Easy There’s a joke about writers: never ask them where they get their ideas from. The question might be met with a roll of the eyes, and the answers you get are often tongue-in-cheek (a PO Box in Poughkeepsie is a classic). The reason for this is pretty straightforward – it’s exactly the […]

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Outlining With Scrivener

Outlining With Scrivener 

If you write fantasy then no doubt you will have heard of the writing software, Scrivener. Many writers – both those working toward publication and those who’ve been published many times over – make use of its various features. However, both those fresh to the software as well as those who have been using it […]

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What a Difference an Editor Makes

What a Difference an Editor Makes 

Marc Aplin, Fantasy-Faction’s own Overlord, wrote persuasively and eloquently a few months ago about the absolute necessity of editing for self-published authors. “The worst thing I see is when an author truly believes they don’t need an editor, that they can do all the refining of the manuscript themselves. They go right ahead and publish […]

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5 Tips For Writing A Swashbuckling Scene by V.E. Schwab

5 Tips For Writing A Swashbuckling Scene by V.E. Schwab 

V.E. Schwab is an author comfortable writing all kinds of stories. Over the years, these tales have included those for young readers within secondary worlds, a dark story of super villains on a collision course, a supernatural exploration into personal legacy beyond death and plenty more besides. Whereas V.E. Schwab’s previous novels had been successful and highly regarded, A Darker […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Broken Empire FanFic

Monthly Short Story Winner: Broken Empire FanFic 

The challenge this month was to write fanfiction, which means the story should be set in an already existing fantastical universe. Writers could choose from the following book series as the setting for their story: Pratchett’s Discworld, Rowling’s Harry Potter, Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Lawrence’s Broken Empire, Lynch’s Gentleman […]

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Plot Holes and How to Fix Them

Plot Holes and How to Fix Them 

whWhatever kind of fantasy you’re writing, sooner or later you’re going to come up against the dreaded issue that can bring your whole book to a screeching halt. That is – the plot hole. So what can you do about it? Plot holes are tricky beasts and can come in many different forms. Mostly, when […]

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