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7 day creative writing challenge – draft a story in one day

Reading Time: 3 minutesSo you’ve taken on a  7 day creative writing challenge, or a story a day challenge, and now you have to deliver. But how do you create a complete draft of a story in just one day (and do it… Continue Reading →

7 day creative writing challenge – keep going

Reading Time: 3 minutesStarting is easy. Finishing is hard. Here are some motivational tips for completing a daily writing challenge, even when you reach the prickly parts. Type, don’t hand-write. I can write pretty quickly by hand but it’s illegible. This means that… Continue Reading →

7 Day Creative Writing Challenge – 7 Quick tips

Reading Time: 3 minutes7 day creative writing  challenge. Story a day in May. These are the kinds of challenges I cannot resist, but right now I must, because of various Real Life things which require my time and energy.  But … I really… Continue Reading →

Friday fic – fairies and fry-ups, flash fiction

Reading Time: 3 minutesI’ve been reading China Mieville’s Kraken this week – a book made for me if ever there was one – and so my writing lately has been stranger than usual. I have not had time to do a set of… Continue Reading →

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 →

Friday fic – fifty-word stories

Reading Time: 3 minutesI have been watching the BBC’s 2008 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility this week – an unusual version for its focus on the male characters, especially Colonel Brandon, played by the excellent David Morrissey. And so this week’s fifty-word stories have… Continue Reading →

Friday fic – fifty word stories

Reading Time: 1 minuteI don’t often write about inanimate objects but this week there are two fifty-worders about things rather than people. The third story this week may ring a bell if you’ve been following a certain court case. Microfiction is becoming a… Continue Reading →

Slinging spells and flinging cards

Reading Time: 4 minutesI read Spellslinger this week in about three gulps and have been inspired by its greatness – to learn about cards, and to hurt my own characters, a lot. Honestly Sebastien de Castell heaps bad luck and trouble on his main character,… Continue Reading →

Friday fic – six word stories

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis week’s stories are a little different to usual. I’ve had awful vertigo for two weeks, which is as much fun as you’d imagine, and not been able to read or write as much as I’d like. These are faux headlines,… 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 →

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