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!
Listed below are five simple examples of showing rather than telling. Number one is telling and number two is showing. If you wish to read more of the concept of show, don’t tell please see – here. He was cross. His face flushed red and his eyes were wide open. It was cold. White vapour exuded from herContinue reading Show, don’t tell examples
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”
One of the key aspects of fiction writing is developing and using an adept style of writing. There are many elements that go towards this, but for this meet-up, we will concentrate on: ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ and ‘Evocation.’ This session will delve into these key elements that go towards an effective writing style.
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
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