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Is Fantasy for Gardeners?

Is Fantasy for Gardeners? 

At some convention in the distant past on some panel about something or other, someone once asked me whether I was an architect or a gardener. I had really no idea what they were talking about but replied that, as a physicist and an engineer, I was probably more of an architect with everything laid […]

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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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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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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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I Hate Info-Dumps

I Hate Info-Dumps 

You’ve all thought it, haven’t you? Come on, be honest. You’ve had that heart sinking moment when you are reading a book and a new character appears in the narrative and… She crashed through the window. Shards of glass and splinters of wood scattered across the floor of the Dog and Duck Inn. The customers […]

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How To Liven Up Your Story

How To Liven Up Your Story 

Character A goes to location B, takes action C, and achieves event D. This sentence might have the minimal elements of a plot but it’s not a story. A story grabs you, pulls you in. A story has ups and downs, a plot that twists and turns, it has surprises and drama, it has action […]

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So What’s The Fuss About Scribbleton?

So What’s The Fuss About Scribbleton? 

One of the things we all love about great fantasy novels is the worlds they create. Indeed, for many of us, great worldbuilding is one of the major factors in measuring how much we enjoy a fantasy novel. We love a world that we can get lost in, in which we can bury ourselves in […]

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Story Openings

Story Openings 

The blank page faces you, whether it’s the page in your hand or the one on the screen, the question is always the same – how do you begin? Do you want to set the scene with a sweeping landscape, or launch into the action with a gunfight or duel? Will you ease the reader […]

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So What’s The Fuss About Evernote?

So What’s The Fuss About Evernote? 

Writers are always being reminded that inspiration can strike at any time. It could be during the bustle of a busy work day or in the middle of night. And just like dreams, ideas can quickly fade to a distant memory if they’re not recorded. As a result, writers are advised that they should keep […]

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Plotting The A-Team Way

Plotting The A-Team Way 

< Dum Dum Du Du De Dum (you’ll just have imagine the tune) > In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they […]

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So What’s The Fuss About Scapple?

So What’s The Fuss About Scapple? 

If you have been writing for any length of time it is inevitable that you have come across those writers who treat the act of writing as if it is bound in the realms of magic and mysticism rather than just being a lot of hard work and a case of bashing out one word […]

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So What’s The Fuss About Aeon Timeline?

So What’s The Fuss About Aeon Timeline? 

Timelines – they are the bane of many a writer. Whether it be discovering that your character has to be half a world away in a day with only a slow sailing ship and a camel for transport, or keeping track of all the different reality streams in your time travel novel, knowing where your […]

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