This month in my newsletter, Writing on Caffeine, I’m looking at worldbuilding, and in particular how to create power structures in your world, and the politics that comes with them. Are you ready to start thinking about the system of power and government in your fantasy world? Then subscribe via the button below so you … More Writing On Caffeine – Power and Politics
Identifying how power works in your world is important because, let’s be honest, power is what drives society. Who has it, who doesn’t have it, and what those in power do with that power impact swathes of society and the people within it. It constrains some actions and allows others, creating a complex web of … More How To: Power and Politics
And suddenly, just like that, we’re at the end of April, and another monthly round up of my thoughts, writing and other such things is out into the world. A Shift of focus Blogging for me has always been a side item in my writing life. Something to switch to from writing my novels or … More A Shift of Focus
So why are antagonists important? I think every writer ponders this question at some point during their creative project. I personally find myself pondering this during the editing stage, when the first draft is mapped out and now I need to work out why everything happens. Antagonists are important because they not only provide the … More How To: Writing the Antagonist
So my end of March blog post has become a start of April blog post. Which seems to summarise how March has gone, quite frankly. March is one of those months, every years, almost without fail, where something changes. Whether it is the pressures of the financial year at work, or the changing of the … More Where did that go?
This month in my newsletter, Writing on Caffeine, I’m talking about Setting Writing Goals – what goals do you pick and what purpose they serve. Are you ready to set up some goals for the next month? If so, Sign up to my Newsletter below!
What is a writing goal? Have you set writing goals for yourself before, but never been able to stick to them? Writing goals each serve a different purpose in your writing journey. Picking the right writing goal for the place in your writing project will help you continue the momentum with your project, and carry … More How To: Writing Goals
I spent a significant part of 2020 learning to bake sourdough. Like most people in the UK, when lockdown was first announced once way to relive stress was baking. Now, I normally bake cakes weekly, but bread? That was something new. I’ve written far longer than I’ve baked bread, but in doing something new, I’ve … More Why writing novels is like baking sourdough
Every journey has its own timeframe. Every journey has its own route. Every journey has its own purpose. Your journey for each creative project is completely unique. Let the journey take its time, its route. Let yourself find the purpose of the project.
Magic systems. Any good fantasy (in my opinion), needs a magic system. I love worlds with intriguing magic, and the ability to throw in a good few battle magic scenes. A good magic system, used well, can make a story stand out in the crowd of other books. Especially those with magic systems that are … More How To: Creating Magic Systems