As author‘s, we spend our days roaming around imaginary worlds and directing imaginary characters through an imaginary story. Nothing is real, and yet, sometimes you may come across a character so lifelike in personality and behaviour that they almost jump off the page. But what makes a fascinating, believable and relatable character? How do weContinue reading “Character creation”
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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”
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”
A rose, by any other name…
Shakespeare’s famous line from Romeo & Juliet should by all accounts be a golden rule of thumb – and far be it from me to argue with the master! However, I find myself wondering if the sentiment applies to character names? Would your readers relate to the handsome, kind and sensitive male protagonist if hisContinue reading “A rose, by any other name…”
Do writers really need a website?
Whether you’re starting out as a writer or already published, a quick search on google says: Yes! You should have a website. Why? For several reasons, but mainly because, of all the online avenues available to you, a website is a versatile online platform you can control the content of and it actually requires lessContinue reading “Do writers really need a website?”