Sef Churchill

Fantasy author



Friday fic – even shorter stories

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis week I have, again,  been writing short-short fiction – but the fifty-word stories were starting to seem … lengthy. I recalled the story attributed to Hemingway and thought, why not try to write ‘a novel in six words’? Here’s… Continue Reading →

Friday fic – Fifty word stories

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis week’s fifty-worder stories may have a slight circus theme. There’s a reason for that which you can guess if you’ve been following my Facebook page, namely that I saw The Greatest Showman this week  and really fell in love with… Continue Reading →

Boost productivity with a weekly writing planner

Reading Time: 4 minutesI’ve been working on a secret project lately, and I’m excited to share it with you at last. But first I want to talk about the biggest problem we face as part-time writers. You already know it: time. Everybody has other… Continue Reading →

Fantasy and Foreignness

Reading Time: 3 minutesAs a reader, if you crave a comfortable read, then you’ll be disappointed by books that don’t explain anything, placing you in the role of stranger. And if you like to think on your feet, learning as you go, you won’t enjoy a book which carefully explains a culture’s entire backstory before you’ve even stepped off the boat.

The Poetry Diet – a poem a day to help everything

Reading Time: 3 minutesConquer your fear of poetry, readers! Try the poetry diet! I’m not a poetry expert, but as part of my DIY-MFA I’ve been reading a poem a day as a kind of poetry diet since last February, and it is… Continue Reading →

Haiku poems: London

Reading Time: 1 minute I’m sharing more of my stuff this year – another personal aim. Continuing my fun with the haiku form of three lines and restricted syllable pattern of 5-7-5*, here are some haiku I wrote this week, recalling a work trip to London…. Continue Reading →

Defining the ideal fantasy book

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs a reader, I know what I want. And I very rarely find it. Toni Morrison said Write the book you want to read but sometimes I struggle to define what I want. James Scott Bell talks about essential scenes in every… Continue Reading →

Story: Two Zeros

Reading Time: 1 minuteAs a regular contributor at Short Fiction Break, I publish a story with them every month. This is the one for January 2018 – a quick read about two people under pressure from more than just time. Two Zeros IFAQ –… Continue Reading →

Random Fantasy Romance Title Generator

Reading Time: 2 minutesRomanticFantasyTitleGenerator What do you do when lethargy strikes? Learn something new that you can loosely claim helps your writing, of course!  I created a Romantic Fantasy Story Title Generator. I used to create random name and occupation generators using Microsoft Excel…. Continue Reading →

You already know what to do, so get editing.

Reading Time: 3 minutesI am editing the first draft of my light-hearted fantasy. And it seems like it might never be finished. But three things happened this week to motivate me into getting the job done and out the door. I already made… Continue Reading →

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