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)
The Corpse Light (Victorian Ghost M. R. James is one of my favourite writers when it comes to ghost stories. His stories, Count Magnus, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas and Oh whistler and I’ll come are amongst some of my favourites. But, if you ask me what other Victorian ghost stories I like then this is one that springs to mind,Continue reading The Corpse Light (Victorian Ghost Story)
Agatha Christie (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) Best known for her mysterious detective novels: Agatha Christie, one of the most famous names in detective fiction, was a landmark figure in producing the classic whodunnit stories. The Guinness Book of World Records have cited her as the bestselling author of all time. Her books have sold over 2 billion copies in 44Continue reading Agatha Christie