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Editing a First Draft – Top Tips

First drafts are fickle creatures. They are hastily thrown together (especially if you are a “gardener” writer like myself) and need work to form the story that you see in your mind’s eye. Editing your first draft can feel like climbing a mountain without a guidebook – there is simply so much to fix, and you also have to face the dreaded realisation that not all the scenes you wrote are in fact, any good (and this is okay). There will be many stages of editing after this particular one. You don’t need to fix everything in your first edit,…

How to write food and drink into your fantasy world

Food and drink is a vital part of any society. What we eat and drink depends on the land around us, the trade we have with other countries (or lack of), access to certain ingredients and cooking tools. If we have food from a street vendor or food from a five start Michelin restaurant, then that again is going to be a different experience. It’s the same with what our characters drink – economics and geography will play a part in whether our characters drink the finest wine or struggle for clean, accessible water sources. One way to show characterisation…

Using Minor Characters in your Writing

When I talk about a minor character, I’m talking about those characters who doesn’t really have a purpose beyond adding colour to a particular Point of View character’s story. Perhaps it’s the person serving coffee to our Main Character in the morning, or a fleeting mention of someone they once met. So, if our minor character is just going to sit in the background, does this mean they’re not important? Not at all. Minor characters are distinct from secondary characters and serve a different purpose. A secondary character is someone you’ve fleshed out a backstory for in order to give…

Using Sub-Plots in your Fantasy Story

For me, a Sub-Plot is anything that takes the characters away from the main thread of the story on a merry little jaunt of their own, and then weaves its way back towards the main thread. They’re the plots that as a Gardener writer, there is a pause between coming up with the idea and typing it down, during which I think do I really want to try this? (Spoiler alert, if it’s the first draft, then yes give it a go). Sub-Plots are your opportunity to play around with your characters, and take your reader somewhere new. It’s a…

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