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Fantasy World Clash Title Generator

Reading Time: 3 minutesI’ve been reading and watching The City and the City by China Mieville this week. Two cultures in permanent conflict, sharing the same space, each city diligently ‘unseeing’ the other. It made me want to create a culture clash of… Continue Reading →

Jazz age fantasy

Reading Time: 5 minutesI was recently obsessed with New York 1926. If you think that rings a bell, it might be because it is the setting for 2016’s Jazz Age fantasy, Fantastic Beasts, which I saw, and alone of all Harry Potter things fell… Continue Reading →

Friday fic – fifty word stories

Reading Time: 2 minutesThree fifty-worder fics this week, sent to you from Norfolk where I have been on a family holiday – thirteen of us in a Georgian house complete with pantry, two foot thick walls, secret staircases and a row of little… Continue Reading →

Islands and inspiration – how islands can make a great story

Reading Time: 4 minutesI could go all metaphorical here and say that every writer is an island because ideas must spring from the writer’s head alone… But I won’t. I’m thinking about real islands and why I like them and why we humans… Continue Reading →

Friday fic – fifty word stories

Reading Time: 1 minuteHere are three new fifty-worders – tiny microfiction stories of just 50 words each.       In other news, I’m on the second part of the Split Worlds fantasy, plus the fourth part of Django Wexler’s Shadow Campaigns. I’ve… Continue Reading →

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: 2 minutesThis 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 →

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