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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

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#Prowrite: The Basics Part Three – Apostophes

Apostrophes are another element of punctuation that many of my younger (and older) students struggle with. However, once you sit down and apply a few simple rules, apostrophes become much less difficult. It's not glamorous but it is necessary! There are two reasons an apostrophe is used: possession and contraction. This post looks at both… Continue reading #Prowrite: The Basics Part Three – Apostophes