28 11, 2016

The 10×10 Writing Challenge: Write more and deepen your imagination

By | 2017-09-05T14:33:14+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

I've been grappling with the guilt of not writing enough for quite some time. Years, in fact. But then I realised that the guilt doesn't help, and I made peace with the idea that I want to focus my attention on [...]

9 11, 2016

Exploring Speculative Fiction Sub-Genres: Superhero Fiction

By | 2017-09-05T13:37:23+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

SERIES INTRO: As a speculative fiction writer, you need to know your genres. Why? Knowing your genres makes it easier to find your readers. Even if you’re not excited by the thought of marketing your book, knowing your readers helps you [...]

3 11, 2016

How to Find your Target Readership: 4 Ideas for Authors

By | 2017-09-05T13:37:30+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

Finding your target readership is the best thing you can do to give your novel a fighting chance of success. It's useful to think about your target readership before you publish. Perhaps before you even start writing, if you have a good sense of [...]

13 10, 2016

Exploring Speculative Fiction Sub-Genres: Magical Realism

By | 2017-09-05T13:37:51+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Novel Writing|6 Comments

SERIES INTRO: As a speculative fiction writer, you need to know your genres. Why? Knowing your genres makes it easier to find your readers. Even if you’re not excited by the thought of marketing your book, knowing your readers helps [...]

13 09, 2016

World Building for Authors: 5 Practical Tips

By | 2017-09-05T13:39:36+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

One of the best things about speculative fiction is the chance to dwell in other worlds, be they slightly or radically different from your own. It follows that world building is probably the key skill for fantasy and science fiction [...]

31 08, 2016

Exploring Speculative Fiction Sub-Genres: Horror

By | 2017-09-05T13:39:44+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

SERIES INTRO: As a speculative fiction writer, you need to know your genres. Why? Knowing your genres makes it easier to find your readers. Even if you’re not excited by the thought of marketing your book, knowing your readers helps [...]

16 08, 2016

Exploring Speculative Fiction Sub-Genres: Science Fiction

By | 2017-09-05T13:39:56+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

SERIES INTRO: As a speculative fiction writer, you need to know your genres. Why? Knowing your genres makes it easier to find your readers. Even if you’re not excited by the thought of marketing your book, knowing your readers helps [...]

27 07, 2016

How To Use ‘The Hero’s Journey’ To Structure Your Novel

By | 2017-09-05T13:42:39+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Novel Writing|3 Comments

The hero’s journey is a story structure identified by the American writer and scholar of mythology Joseph Campbell. Campbell claimed that the hero’s journey is the natural basis of all stories – be they jokes, fairy tales, folklore or myths. [...]

20 07, 2016

Exploring Speculative Fiction Sub-Genres: Fantasy

By | 2017-09-05T13:42:47+00:00 July 20th, 2016|Novel Writing|10 Comments

SERIES INTRO: As a speculative fiction writer, you need to know your genres. Why? Knowing your genres makes it easier to find your readers. Even if you’re not excited by the thought of marketing your book, knowing your readers helps [...]

22 06, 2016

The Three-Act Structure: Obsolete or Essential?

By | 2017-09-05T13:42:55+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Novel Writing|0 Comments

The three-act structure has a distinguished history. It was first described in Aristotle’s Poetics well over 2000 years ago, and the idea has since been refined by playwrights of the 19th century, as well as screenwriters of the 20th and [...]