Sef Churchill

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The 100 day book – 10 lessons from this amazing challenge

Reading Time: 8 minutesAt the end of August I completed the 100 Day Book program from The Write Practice. From the middle of May, I had committed to a daily word count, and a weekly share of my work, and giving weekly feedback on… Continue Reading →

K – Klingons on the starboard bow: my most successful fanfic ever and what to include in a hit story

Reading Time: 5 minutesI never expected to write a Star Trek fanfic. I always liked the TV show as a kid, but was in the ‘OK but no great fan’ level of interest. I like SF, but I couldn’t name any specific episode… Continue Reading →

J – Jazz age writing

Reading Time: 2 minutesI was recently obsessed with New York 1926. If you think that rings a bell, it might be because the Jazz Age is the setting for last year’s Fantastic Beasts movie, which I saw, and alone of all Harry Potter… Continue Reading →

D- Description and how to be better at it

Reading Time: 3 minutesAh, description. Beloved of Victorian novelists and fantasy writers everywhere. How I loathe it. What? But why? Because mostly it doesn’t do anything, just sits there looking pretty and forming no useful purpose. It’s wordplay, which for its own sake… Continue Reading →

A – Antagonists and how to make them

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis post is part of the April blogging AZChallenge.  Today it’s A. I struggle with antagonists.  Almost all of my early stories have no antagonist at all. Or rather, none that is embodied in a handy walking, talking bad guy on… Continue Reading →

PaperRules for creativity! What I learned from PaperWeek

Reading Time: 7 minutesFirstly, sorry if you saw a bizarre empty blog post email earlier. I pressed a key by mistake… doh! The Poem a Day blog post is coming soon. Meanwhile, onto today’s post: I spent a week focusing on paper for… Continue Reading →

PaperWeek – use paper to increase creativity

Reading Time: 4 minutesI hereby declare PaperWeek. This is a week where I make efforts to do as much of my reading, writing and planning on paper – and generally to engage with paper a lot more than I engage with my phone screen…. Continue Reading →

Alphabet challenge – the AZChallenge and structuring your writing practice

Reading Time: 3 minutesOne of the things that can hold a writer back from a regular writing practice, is the lack of a way to structure the output. Perhaps you write every day, aiming for a target of 100, or 500, or 1000 words…. Continue Reading →

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