Writing Craft

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Just How Rough Can A First Draft Be?

Anne Lamott called them shitty first drafts. On this site, I’ve called them fun and messy first drafts. It’s common...

Using Genre to Find Awesome Ideas for Stories

Using Genre to Find Awesome Ideas for Stories

A confession. I’m a genre theory nerd. I love genre. I love working out where stories fit within genre. I...

how to write unreliable narrators

What is An Unreliable Narrator?

My story was almost finished before I realised I’d written an unreliable narrator. When the proverbial penny finally dropped, everything...

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Filter Out Filter Words To Improve Your Writing

Here’s one quick tip to instantly tighten your sentences and improve your writing overall. For real. Get rid of filter...

Why Tropes Are the Building Blocks of Great Stories

I happened upon this article recently, 7 Worldbuilding Tropes Science Fiction And Fantasy Needs To Stop Using. It’s a list...

urban fantasy and how to write it

How to Write Urban Fantasy – 6 Magical Tips (and an exploration of the genre)

I’m not sure when it was that I fell in love with urban fantasy. I think it was before it...

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What to Do With Your Nanowrimo Novel (an 8 step approach to taming that mess)

It’s approaching mid-February and the heady thrill that was November and Nanowrimo seems like a hundred years ago now. Maybe...

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How Much Description Do You Need in Your Writing?

How much detail do you put into your fiction writing? How much detail should you put into your writing? This...

popular references in fiction writing

How to Write Pop Culture References in Fiction (and How Not to…)

Is it OK to reference pop culture in your fiction writing? Can you let your characters talk about music or...

Writing With Split Viewpoints: Lessons from Margaret Atwood (and others)

Writing With Split Viewpoints: Lessons from Margaret Atwood (and others)

Writing with multiple character viewpoints. Should we?  Shouldn’t we? Why? Why Not? If we decide to create a cast of...

Writing With Multiple Point of View Characters

Writing with multiple character viewpoints. Should we?  Shouldn’t we? Why? Why Not? If we decide to create a cast of...