Category Archives: World Buildng

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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LIBERATOR – Giveaway Competition

Hi! Big surprise for me this morning – my author’s copies of the French edition of Liberator arrived in a huge parcel PLUS author’s copies of the German edition. I knew the French edition was neck-and-neck with the Australian, but … 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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Meet Richard Harland

A man of many waistcoats, Richard Harland is a great raconteur. (If you ever have to do a reading at an SF Con, try not to be slotted in after him). A writer of SF, fantasy, horror, mystery and the … Continue reading

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Meet Rowena Cory Daniells …

Rowena Interviewed by Marianne. Watch out for the give-away question at the end. Q: Tell us a bit about your current trilogy, King Rolen’s Kin? How is it different from your earlier T’En books?   KRK is a rollicking fantasy. … Continue reading

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Back story, the bane of the SF and Fantasy Writer.

We’ve had a request this week from Sally, who would like to: ‘see a post about how to feed in back story without swamping the narrative drive and tension’.   ‘ We writers of speculative fiction spend so much time … Continue reading

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Crossing Genres for Commercial Publication (Cross-dressing Styles using Advanced Editing Strategies for Any Genre)

The effervescent A A Bell has the first book of a new series out. Since Ms Bell has managed to sell a series ‘Diamond Eyes’ with a science fiction premise (with mystery and a whole pile of other things) I … Continue reading

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