We may be in March, but winter still has Norway in its icy grip. Well wrapped in a woollen shawl and with a warm mug of tea in hand, I find myself yearning for warmer temperatures and longer days. So much so, I figured a throw-back to an article I wrote after a summer tripContinue reading “Travelling back in time”
Category Archives: Worldbuilding
Worldbuilding a fantasy series
Following on from my last post about getting your facts straight in an imaginary world, this post is all about building that world! So, what is worldbuilding? Well, in short, worldbuilding is the process of designing a fictional world that feels realistic and multidimensional. Every facet of a world, from its geography and landscape toContinue reading “Worldbuilding a fantasy series”
Get your facts straight in an imaginary world
When you’re writing a story set in an imaginary world, with imaginary characters doing imaginary things – does it matter if they do things the “right” way? If you can imagine your characters travelling to a far off planet in a futuristic starship, does the science need to be accurate or can you wing itContinue reading “Get your facts straight in an imaginary world”
The Fantasy Setting
When writing a fantasy story – for kids and adults alike – the setting is key. Get it right and your story will spread its wings and transport your readers to a place they will never want to leave. So how do you create the perfect setting for your story?
The fantasy villain in children’s fiction
Sauron. Lord Voldemort. Need I say more? Every great hero needs a truly evil villain. Without them there’s no danger, nothing to lose, nothing to gain and no conflict the hero must overcome. Your story falls flat and your hero remains the slightly nerdy kid no one believes will amount to much.
The fantasy hero in children’s fiction
Harry. Matilda. Bilbo. Tris. Katniss. Unless you’ve been off planet or hiding under a rock for the last 20+ years, you will undoubtedly recognise at least a couple of these fantasy heroes and heroines. In children’s literature, the fantasy heroes and heroines are many and varied – each with their own personalities and back storyContinue reading “The fantasy hero in children’s fiction”
The Puuuuuuuurfect Literary Pet
Have you ever fallen hopelessly in love with a literary pet and wished they were yours? I have! Countless times! Why? Because, I’ve always loved animals, of all kinds. Cats top the list for me though. Yes, I am the crazy cat-lady! I have 4 cats – Harry, Nymeria Nymphadora, Brave and Oreo. The firstContinue reading “The Puuuuuuuurfect Literary Pet”
Art = Inspired
On any given day, there are quite a few things that inspire me to write, but art is probably what grabs me by the throat and refuses to let go!