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How to Write Good Dialogue: Courtesy of Mass Effect

How to Write Good Dialogue: Courtesy of Mass Effect 

Here’s a question for you. You’re reading a book and the pace starts to drag, but you’re still curious to know what happens next. What do you do? The answer for me is obvious: you skip to the next section of dialogue. Good dialogue takes the story forward and shows character. Good dialogue crackles on […]

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Writing Contest Winner: Science Fiction

Writing Contest Winner: Science Fiction 

We’re as far in the future as we’ve ever been – what a good reason to write a science fictional story. wikipedia: Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginative content such as futuristic settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes and extraterrestrial life. It […]

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Writing Contest Winner: Religion

Writing Contest Winner: Religion 

December. The darkest month with the longest night of the year. Harsh and cold days and mankind struggling in winter’s iron grip. Separated through walls of snow from others, one feels tiny and alone. What better time to remember that there are gods looking out for you? Gods, who may help you through these hard […]

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Writing Contest Winner: Joker Month

Writing Contest Winner: Joker Month 

We had a lot great contest themes this year and I know that some people didn’t manage to finish their stories on time for some of the contests or didn’t take part for other reasons, so this month I decided to revisit the themes we already had. November (because of NaNoWriMo) is a special month […]

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A Look At Points Of View

A Look At Points Of View 

What point of view to write from is one of the most significant decisions a writer can make about their work, yet with so many aspects of writing craft to consider, characterisation, plotting, pacing, it often gets regulated to the background after a quick, early decision. Giving a little thought to what point of view […]

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Writing Contest Winner: Abandoned Places

Writing Contest Winner: Abandoned Places 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of one a week. The task this time was to write a story using pictures of abandoned places as inspiration. Abandoned […]

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Writing Contest Winner: Fantasy Clichés

Writing Contest Winner: Fantasy Clichés 

We’ve been getting such good feedback for the short stories our members have submitted in our Monthly Short Story Competition that we have decided to post them on the main site at a rate of one a week. The task this time was to write a story containing the most clichéd fantasy tropes manageable. Nearly […]

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Worldbuilding: Creating Bestiaries and Fantastic Monsters

Worldbuilding: Creating Bestiaries and Fantastic Monsters 

A well-defined bestiary is a must for every fantasy world, unless the creator plans to stick to mundane animals identical to realistic fauna, or there are no animals or creatures at all. In any fantasy world, it is perfectly acceptable to have mundane animals; it actually helps make a world relatable and provides perspective. But […]

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10 Reasons to Workshop

10 Reasons to Workshop 

People learn to write in many different ways, some by reading masterpieces, some by going to classes, some just pick up a pen and get on with it. You can find all manner of resources designed to help teach the craft of writing, there are guidebooks, websites, courses and much more. But of all the […]

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Arsenic and Old Leaves: The Art of Poisoning Your Fantasy Characters – Part 1

Arsenic and Old Leaves: The Art of Poisoning Your Fantasy Characters – Part 1 

So, you’re contemplating murder. Er, that is, your character is contemplating murder. Effective modes of death and all that. Bloodless versus bloodbath, public duel versus private confrontation, “accident” versus spontaneous sword through the gut. That’s all well and good, sure…but have you considered poison? In the Middle Ages, poison was a highly popular means of […]

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Attending Your First Convention As An Unpublished Writer

Attending Your First Convention As An Unpublished Writer 

So there comes a time early in every writer’s career when you make a very serious decision. You’ve been writing as a hobby for years, you enjoy it and your head is literally bursting with ideas for all the various stories you want to write. You’ve developed as a writer, either you or friends have […]

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Writing Fight Scenes

Writing Fight Scenes 

Writing fight scenes is often an important task for a fantasy author. Some writers find they come naturally. Others find them daunting, and can’t think of anything worse. Whichever category you fall into, it’s an important skill to master because audiences love to read them. Here are some techniques that I’ve learned over the years […]

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