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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… 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… 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!… 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… 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… 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… 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… Continue Reading →

Friday fic – six worders – very short stories

This week has been exhausting, in real life and in the news, which is increasingly hard to accept as real life. How has it come to this? Caged children. Nonetheless stories remain important and so here are a very few,… Continue Reading →

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