One of the things I’ve always loved about fantasy is the way that it enables us to envision a world better than our own. When I was little these worlds were better because they had magic spells and invisibility cloaks, but as I’ve gotten older, while I still love the magic of fantasy, I also … Continue reading Equality in Worldbuilding
Yeah, it didn't really work out. And if I'm honest, I was pretty disappointed it wasn't working out. I'd done brainstorming and research beforehand and I thought I had a good handle on my magical cookies and my main characters. I got the basics of the outline down - things like motivation, theme, antagonist, etc … Continue reading That outlining thing
I used to think I was a plotter. I'm a pretty organised person in general, I always outlined my essays at university, and I've always struggled to write without having an idea of where the story's going. No matter what kind of outlining method I tried, however, I'd get partway through and then find I … Continue reading Plotting, pantsing, and everything in between
To start things off, here's Jamie Todd Rubin's post on finding the time to write. I find that a lot of posts on this topic tend towards the sanctimonious ("If it's important to you, you find the time") or the obvious ("Turn off the TV"). It's rare to find a post on the topic that actually … Continue reading Literary Linking 04/04/15
It seems just about every aspiring author dreams of quitting their day job to work full-time. I often find myself daydreaming about some ideal life in the future when I spend my days reading and writing books. When I really think about it, though, I don't imagine I'd ever quit my job just because I … Continue reading Would you quit your day job?
I recently read The Silkworm, by JK Rowling Robert Galbraith. I'm not going to bother reviewing it, because I'm an enormous JKR fangirl and I haven't a hope of an honest, unbiased review. I loved the book, just as I loved The Cuckoo's Calling. I even liked The Casual Vacancy, which I know was a rather polarising read. … Continue reading Descriptive Writing
Most aspiring authors I know tend to write at their computers, and I imagine this is similar for published authors, though I don't know any of those personally. In many ways, I think computers and word processors have revolutionised writing, to the point where many of my writing friends would claim writing by hand is obsolete. Most … Continue reading Is writing longhand obsolete?