Sef Churchill




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 →

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 →

R – ReadingWeek – commit to reading usefully

Reading Time: 5 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 →

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 →

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 →

G – Goals and how dreary they can be – and how to fix that

Reading Time: 3 minutesGoals. We are all supposed to have them. We are supposed to be driven by them, inspired by them to peak productivity and massive achievement. But oh boy, working purely to goals can be dull. Goals are like work. Proper… Continue Reading →

F – Forging new ideas

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhenever you write, you are generating fresh ideas – or you should be. But how can you come up with new ideas consistently? Everyone agrees, the Muse is dead or never existed, and we all need to earn a living…. Continue Reading →

E – Experience and how to get it

Reading Time: 3 minutesI always admired Harry Harrison – for his pulp SF, which I loved as a teenager – and his author bio. His bio revealed that before he became a writer, ¬†he had a ton of non-writing jobs. ‘Truck driver’ was… Continue Reading →

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