Along with being an author, Finian Black is a doctor who served in the British Army. He lives in Winchester, which is chock-full of medieval reminders of the time and story inspiration. In this article, he talks about how playing with myths and legends — stories steeped in history but often in little solid facts ... read more »
The English word, "fantasy," sprang from Old French's phantasie, or "vision, imagination." But you wouldn't be entirely remiss if you'd thought that it came from the word, "fantastic." When you consider all the fantastic things in our world and our imaginations, it's no wonder there are so many different subgenres in fantasy—and dedicated readers of each subgenre. ... read more »
With NaNoWriMo around the corner, many authors are gearing up to weave worlds, characters, and stories into novels with their words. But… how many words does a novel make? And when it comes to creating art, just how important is it to stick to the rules — such as standard word counts?
Giuseppe Porcaro is the author of DISCO SOUR: an existential odyssey of a heartsick politician trying to save a war-torn, post-austerity Europe from algorithmic autocracy. In this article, he talks about the collaboration behind his latest novel, which was inspired in large part by interactive events he organized during the writing process.
Has there ever been a better time to be writing fantasy? Where once it was a fringe genre, now fantasy is everywhere in pop culture, from Harry Potter to the memes surrounding Jon Snow. There’s also never been a more exciting time to write fantasy. The genre is changing daily, as authors such as Neil ... read more »
Even the most fast-paced, action-driven novels need compelling characters to keep readers engaged. Of course, readers will never “get to know” a character if the author doesn’t have a thorough understanding of who they are and what is driving them first. To this end, we’re about to get real close and personal with a few ... read more »
Has anyone ever told you that your narrative arc was too weak? Too complex? Or not complex enough? Universal to both fiction and nonfiction, the narrative arc (also called the “story arc”) refers to the structure and shape of a story. The narrative arc is made up of the events in your story — the ... read more »
M.T. Ellis is a Brisbane-based crime thriller author. She has just published her debut novel, Azrael, which was inspired by a nightmare she had in 2014. In this article, M.T. talks about the so-called “lightbulb” moment — the moment an author strikes plot-gold. Writers, she explains, can have many lightbulb moments. They don’t each turn ... read more »