Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You: What keeps you going when things are tough?

There are lots of things that keep me going – and lots of people who keep me going. Today, I’m going to focus on something that’s been happening recently, which has been giving me unending encouragement. Feathers. Yes, feathers. I’m not a hugely religous or superstitious person, and I don’t believe in a lot of… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What keeps you going when things are tough?

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Getting to Know You: What advice do you have for new writers?

Keep writing! It's as simple and as difficult as that. Honestly, people often say to me, "Oh, I want to be a writer but I don't think I'm good enough." My response is usually along the same lines as I give my students: if you don't make mistakes, you'll never learn how to improve. I… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What advice do you have for new writers?

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Getting to Know You: How do you select the names of your characters?

This is one of the coolest things about fantasy writing! I get so much scope to create new words and interesting sounds. But, as I have a background in language with a limited amount of linguistics, I have a good idea about how languages work. I hope that lets me avoid the many pitfalls of… Continue reading Getting to Know You: How do you select the names of your characters?

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#Prowrite: The Basics Part Five – Sentence Types

There are lots of different types of sentences but today I'm going to focus on the most basic sentence structures, as these are the building blocks of prose. To understand the mechanics of sentences, you first need to understand what a clause is. In the simplest of terms, a clause is part of a sentence.… Continue reading #Prowrite: The Basics Part Five – Sentence Types

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#Prowrite: The Basics Part Four – Paragraphing

There's nothing worse than reading a piece of work that is one giant block of text. It's difficult for your brain to cope with and reading becomes a huge chore. Equally, it's distracting when you read a piece where the paragraphs seem taken at random with no logic! Here are a few hints and tips… Continue reading #Prowrite: The Basics Part Four – Paragraphing