Articles and microfiction

Friday fic – six word stories

This week's faux news  - six-word stories inspired by the week's events.    

How to make a book, or create a new form

Most writing these days seems to be created using a computer, or at least an electronic device of some kind. I do mine on my phone. It's consumed on paper or on an electronic device. Making a book involves writing a large number of words, and presenting them in one of those formats. But what... Continue Reading →

How to write a classic fantasy – Day Boy and Night Girl

How to write a classic fantasy or fairytale. What are the elements of a classic fantasy tale? How can you give your story that timeless, old-school feel?

Monday muse – six-worder stories

A manic week at work, plus school holiday duties, has left no time for writing. I did not even manage my 280-character tweet fics until a big catchup on Saturday. It's not like me not to write.  I think I need my summer holiday. Soon, soon... Once again, actual headlines leave little for the would-be... Continue Reading →

Saturday shorts – six word stories

More broken news and fake headlines from the week's events.      

Tiny fic Tuesday

Tweet fics from this week. Very short stories, microfictions, 280 characters or shorter. Written to daily prompts. When the #nuns found my steam#punk comics, they confiscated the lot . You're #lucky it's me, wicked girl, said Sister Brigid. Steam robots! Ladies with iron breasts! No supper for you. In the night, #calm, I crept to... Continue Reading →

Make your hero a monster – subvert fantasy tropes

There's nothing worse than a hero who is too heroic. Maybe the hero is a beautiful girl with a deep sense of honour and a desire to see justice done in the world. I hate her already. Or perhaps the hero is big, strong, decent, and not afraid to wade in and fix international politics.... Continue Reading →

How to write a circus fantasy – character, setting, magic

Why are circuses and fairs so fascinating? Why do people run away with the circus? And why do we love a circus fantasy story so much? I think it is because in olden times, the circus was almost the only travelling organisation you might hitch a ride with. There were others - army recruiters, roaming... Continue Reading →

Sunday shorts – swallows and summertime

In warm sunshine it's hard to imagine bad things happening. If it all goes wrong, we think, we could forage for food, live off the land, sleep under the stars with a curious deer nosing at our bare feet. But sunshine only lasts a few days and meanwhile there's a wildfire on the moors and... Continue Reading →

40 reasons why I write – 40Reasons challenge

This is my response to a challenge issued by Bryan Hutchinson on the Positive Writer blog, to list 40Reasons why I write. Listing it like this has been helpful in expressing my goals - the expected outcomes of writing. But all my main reasons were not about the results of writing, but the act of... Continue Reading →

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