Sef Churchill

Fantasy author

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Show us your subgenre! There’s a niche for every fiction

Reading Time: 3 minutesI found a list today that I didn’t know I needed but now cannot live without. It’s a description of every subgenre of cyberpunk. I’ve given some examples, below, but it’s got me thinking about how detailed our fiction categories have become,… Continue Reading →

R – ReadingWeek – commit to reading usefully

Reading Time: 4 minutesWell, it’s the last day of April, but I still have 8 letters to go in my blogging challenge. The challenge was to blog for 26 out of 30 days in April, one post per letter of the alphabet, and… Continue Reading →

Q – quick inspiration, mind inputs from sight and sound

Reading Time: 3 minutesSometimes you need to take a break from creating. If you’ve been outputting your imagination intensively, you’ll need to rest and refuel. Treat your mind to some inputs from these sources. Sight I am often inspired by the visual so… Continue Reading →

P – Public learning, public mistakes

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis blog is about my biggest pants yet. That should have been the blog’s title, but pants is funnier in British than American, so I didn’t. What’s the point when half your readers won’t find it as snortingly humorous as… Continue Reading →

N – No ideas but still need to blog? How to get content ideas

Reading Time: 4 minutesIf you plan to blog regularly, you will need a regular supply of material to blog about. If you’ve been blogging for a while, you may have already plucked the low-hanging fruit – the ideas which first prompted you to… Continue Reading →

O – OMG! I’m a winner!

Reading Time: 3 minutesA short post today just to share that last week I found out that I am the overall winner in The Write Practice’s Spring Writing Contest! I’m so thrilled, especially as the standard of stories submitted was, as always, very high…. Continue Reading →

M – Main characters, Protagonists

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhat makes a main character, or protagonist, successful in a story? What tendencies should the writer avoid? This is a huge topic, so I will just suggest some elements I look for in a great protagonist, by highlighting some of… Continue Reading →

L – Love and romance when you’re not in the mood to write it

Reading Time: 4 minutesIf you write romance, or have a romantic subplot in your story, you have to come up with the mushy stuff, or the hot stuff, whether you feel it or not. And that’s hard, excuse the pun. So what tricks… 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 →

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