As a student, there’s no denying that writing is one of the most important skills you have. Sure, you know how to write; but do you know how to write well, especially in an academic setting? Regardless of what field you major in, you’ll almost always be required to write an academic paper at some […]Continue reading 4 Ways to Improve Academic Writing Skills — EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS
One thing is for certain: the market of ‘coming of age’ novels is a saturated one. You need not lift a finger any further than to type the words into google to find thousands of lists. Lists that all claim they hold the coming of age crème of the crop. Whilst ‘Harper Lee’s ‘To KillContinue reading In your search for acceptance, you may find a greater truth – Carson McCullers’ ‘The Member of the Wedding’
Author of The Witcher Novel Series: An Introduction Sapkowski claims to have written his first short story, The Witcher, just to enter a competition ran by the Polish sci-fi and fantasy magazine, Fantastyka. Considering this, it is perhaps with a touch of good fortune it came third, but luckily for his fans, the story he wrote on aContinue reading Andrzej Sapkowski and The Witcher Saga!
M. R. James: “Two ingredients most valuable in the concocting of a ghost story are the atmosphere and the nicely managed crescendo.… Let us, then, be introduced to the actors in a placid way; let us see them going about their ordinary business, undisturbed by forebodings, pleased with their surroundings; and into this calm environment letContinue reading “Turn the monsters loose”
Here is great advice on the craft of writing from George R.R. Martin. In summary of a key point in the video, writing is about creating strong emotions, such as when a character dies or is murdered you should feel for that character. Either if it’s sorrow or relief. So to create memorable and engagingContinue reading George R.R. Martin on why he Kills Characters
The Wilderness: A vast expanse of untamed nature, a place of danger, mystery and viewed as a habitat to tread in carefully, if at all, by our ancient ancestors. A prominent theme in mythology, wilderness is often used in storytelling as a place of moral testing and tales of warning from the great unknown. But whyContinue reading The Role of The Wilderness in Storytelling
I wish you all a wonderfully creative, happy, healthy, and safe new year, full of laughter and love. ** After 5+ years of blogging, I thought I’d try something new… finally. How about a Monthly Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt? Sue Vincent was the inspiration for this idea since I’ve loved participating in her weekly prompts […]Continue reading New Year, New Feature: a Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt — Myths of the Mirror
How To Write Like Stephen King: Don’t, write like you!
For as long as human beings have been self-aware, it seems they have also been aware of ghosts. The concept of ghosts, and also ghost stories, dates far back into human history and has captivated and mystified the human race for generations. A rustle in the bushes, the sound of something creaking, and the anxiety entwinedContinue reading A Concise History of Ghosts and Famous Accounts in Literature
M R James (1 August 1862 – 12 June 1936). One of my favourite writers is M R James. Who is best known for his chilling Victorian ghost stories. M R James: a master of the uncanny, the purveyor of the uncomfortable, a creator of hair-raising, blood-tingling tales. Renowned for his supernatural ghostly tales, andContinue reading M. R. James (and his Ghost Stories)