Category Archives: Research

What Maxine’s did…

Maxine McArthur everyone will remember as writing time travel Hard SF (as in science based, not hard to read) and near future mystery (again realistic setting). Her latest venture is into Diesel Punk. I kid you not, there is a movement called … Continue reading

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What Margo did

Margo says: I’ve put aside the novel I presented at ROR for the next six months, in the hope that that’ll leave room for the 3 short story deadlines I’ve managed to accumulate, despite my best intentions, before Christmas. Highlights … Continue reading

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Flappers With Swords: Tansy’s Blog Tour

I recently embarked upon a boutique blog tour, to celebrate the international Kindle release of my Creature Court Trilogy. I had great fun talking about history, women, and some of the crunchier (and occasionally, sillier issues I came across while … Continue reading

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Margo Reveals What it’s like inside a ROR Crit Week!

From Margo … A Deepening ROR—a wRiters On the Rise workshop, from the inside First there’s a bit of foreplay. Someone pipes up online: “When’s the next ROR?” Someone at the other end of the country: “I’ll have a novel … Continue reading

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Part Two of Ian Irvine’s 41 ways to Keep Readers Reading

41 WAYS TO CREATE AND HEIGHTEN SUSPENSE IN FICTION PART TWO – PLOT AND STRUCTURE The first part of this article dealt with suspense from the viewpoint of characters and their problems. This part looks at ways to create suspense … Continue reading

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Ian Irvine Reveals 41 Ways to Keep Readers Turning the Page!

 41 WAYS TO CREATE AND HEIGHTEN SUSPENSE IN FICTION PART ONE – CHARACTERS AND THEIR PROBLEMS According to top New York literary agent Noah Lukeman (The Plot Thickens), if a writer can maintain suspense throughout the story, many readers will … Continue reading

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Tall Ships and Balloon Travel, what are they really like?

As fantasy writers we’ll often write about sailing ships, but how many of us have actually done this? Louise Curtis tells us the deep down and dirty on sailing ships and ballooning. Travelling Tales As speculative writers, we often borrow … Continue reading

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Coming back to that Manuscript …

Sally from the VISION Writers list asked for a post on: ‘How to find your way back into a story when you’ve been away for awhile’? With either the writing or re-writing process. I think skilful, seasoned writers might probably … Continue reading

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