Sun Wukong, AKA The Monkey King
 

Celebrating Chinese New Year with The Monkey King

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A Guide to Banking in Fantasyland
 

A Guide to Banking in Fantasyland

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Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip
 

Kingfisher

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Will a Small Press add value? 6 things to consider.

Will a Small Press add value? 6 things to consider. 

If you are a self-published author, there are times where you will feel overwhelmed. Not only do you have to write your book, but you need to arrange for it to be edited, find and direct a cover artist, arrange methods for your manuscript to be printed and/or formatted as an ebook, decide upon how to distribute it, […]

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The Only Bit of Writing Advice You’ll Need in 2016

The Only Bit of Writing Advice You’ll Need in 2016 

If you’re anything like me then every time an interview with an author is posted, you’ll find yourself scanning it for information about their writing process. It doesn’t matter whether they write literary classics or dinosaur erotica, I’ve long held a fascination with the way other writers work. Are they plotters or planners? Do they […]

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Why Characters Play Their Parts: Human Identity in Storytelling

Why Characters Play Their Parts: Human Identity in Storytelling 

The exploration of human nature has been a writer’s responsibility since the dawn of the word. Storytellers are accountable, whether or not they aim to be, for a representation of their society and culture and producing a record of the time period they are writing in, as well as presenting a medium for mankind to […]

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Writing The Other Other

Writing The Other Other 

Writing the other can be a challenge, it’s often difficult to convincingly portray a character that greatly differs from your experiences. Without a personal frame of reference the writer is forced to work harder to make sure their character is accurate and believable. For many writers the challenge is writing in a different gender, a […]

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Writer’s Den: Describing the Indescribable

Writer’s Den: Describing the Indescribable 

Hoglers don’t exist. You’ve never heard of them, and I’ve certainly never heard of them. As an object of the imagination, they defy description. This is a challenge that faces all science fiction and fantasy writers. How do you go from an idea of an object, creature, race or place that only exists at the […]

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What To Do In December Now NaNoWriMo Is Over

What To Do In December Now NaNoWriMo Is Over 

It’s done. After 30 solid days of eye-bleeding writing NaNoWriMo is over. You step into December blinking, the ordeal over and your life strangely empty. After frantically trying to spend every spare minute of the last few days of November writing, December leaves you feeling all out of sorts. So whether you made the golden […]

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In Defence of the Chosen One

In Defence of the Chosen One 

One of fantasy’s most commonly mocked tropes is the chosen one. This makes sense; it’s also one of fantasy’s most recurring tropes, and there are a lot of very good reasons why it can feel like a clichéd or even lazy feature. However, I don’t think the chosen one narrative is always negative; in fact, […]

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What Photography Teaches Us About Writing

What Photography Teaches Us About Writing 

Before a photographer takes a photo, a lot of considerations run through her mind: composition, metering, white balance, light sensitivity, aperture size. She does this because she knows it will make a better photo – more than that, it will make a photo that says something, that conveys a message or a mood to the […]

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How Writing Is A Lot Like Fighting – Part 1: Introduction

How Writing Is A Lot Like Fighting – Part 1: Introduction 

I recently read The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson and there was a lot to like about it. With this in mind, I’ve been keeping an eye on the numerous guest blogs and interviews that Seth has been doing to promote his book and have found his path to publication both inspiring and food for thought. […]

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10 Things They Never Told You About NaNoWriMo

10 Things They Never Told You About NaNoWriMo 

November, the month of charity moustaches and writing productivity, is upon us and no doubt, many of you are partaking in the annual NaNoWriMo event to write 50,000 words in a month. It’s a fun challenge where you can meet a lot of awesome people, but if you’ve never done it before it can feel […]

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So You’re Doing NaNoWriMo!

So You’re Doing NaNoWriMo! 

And right about now, you might be wondering what exactly you’ve signed yourself up for. I won’t lie – November is going to be hard. Especially if this is your first time. Even if it isn’t your first time, it’s still going to be hard, but you do at least have an idea of what […]

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Preparing For NaNoWriMo

Preparing For NaNoWriMo 

How can it be less than a month until November? It seems like only yesterday that it was summer and yet November conjures images of cold nights, frosty mornings, fireworks and most importantly, NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month has long been a fixed event in writers’ diaries as professional and amateur alike gather for a […]

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