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The Art of Description

Show and tell: what’s the difference and why does it matter? By...
Posted by Sheila Bulger in .

The difference between ‘show’ and ‘tell’ was one of the first things I had to learn when I started writing fiction. Like many writers, I fell into the early trap...

A Checklist for Creating Sexual Tension by Sierra Cartwright
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Romance novels rake in well over a billion dollars every year. Probably more so than in any other genre, readers are looking for stories in which a character’s emotions are...

Set Your Fiction in Locations You Love By Jenni Ogden
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I love reading books that transport me to another place—a country I’ve never been to, a city I once lived in, or a beach, mountain or stretch of countryside that...

Location, Location: On Staying Put by Jan Carson
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“It is a great blessing, perhaps the greatest blessing a writer can have, to find at home what others have to go elsewhere seeking, “Flannery O’Connor The older I get...

It’s All in the Detail: Using Historical Detail to Create Scenes by...
Posted by Liza Perrat in .

Very few historical fiction writers have university degrees in history. Authors of historical fiction are, first and foremost, novelists who must master the craft of fiction in the same way...

Creating a Color Thesaurus by Ingrid Sundberg
Posted by Ingrid Sundberg in .

Ingrid Sundberg is passionate about stories that look into the shadows of our vulnerability. She believes reading is a safe place to explore the depths of humanity, what we desire,...

The Vital Details by Sheena Wilkinson
Posted by Sheena Wikinson in .

I’ve always loved reading and writing historical fiction. Ever since I fell in love with the World War One poets in O Level English – thank you, Mrs Leathart and...

Writing in Full Colour by Sarah Webb
Posted by Sarah Webb in .

The second book in my Songbird Cafe Girls Middle Grade series (age 8 to 12), Sunny Days and Moon Cakes has just been published. While writing it I was stuck...

Writing Action Scenes: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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I love action scenes. They’re some of my favourite things to write, so much so that many of my best book ideas come from the spark of a new climactic...

When Setting is a Character: The Hiding Place by John Burley
Posted by John Burley in .

Menaker State Hospital is a curse, a refuge, a place of imprisonment, a necessity, a nightmare, a salvation. This is the setting for my latest novel, The Hiding Place, a...