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Building a world where anything is possible

World-building appeals to me because anything is possible. Well… let me rephrase that. Anything is possible, so long as you can convince the reader it can be.  I love exploring the winding avenues world-building opens. What is more surprising (and interesting) is the many branches a single thing causes. I create a world with a …

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Ten ways to make your fictional characters memorable

Those who subscribe to my newsletter will have received one tool I use to create a memorable character. But how can we deep dive into our characters so the reader will keep turning the pages? 1. Look at the fictional characters you love and ask yourself why Writers are readers. Which fictional characters are memorable …

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Lady Howard and the Bone Carriage

It was a pleasant night to Edie Lockhart’s standards. Despite being Halloween, it was mild. A fat near-full moon cast its pale light through the beech trees. Their silvery limbs contorted into human-like figures whose stretched shadows scattered across the road. Not a breath of wind sighed through the branches. Not even an owl hooted. …

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What do I listen to while I’m writing?

If you’ve ever wondered, read on. If you haven’t, but like ambient, electro and soundscapes, then keep reading. Cookies (not in a good way) I was born with mid-range hearing loss. On an audiogram, the line pattern looks like someone has taken a big bit out of a cookie, hence it’s more “fun” name, Cookie-bite …

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The Creative Chair: boost your creativity with this one simple tool.

How is your relationship with your creativity? When we use the term, relationship, we don’t automatically assume ourselves to be in a relationship with our creativity. But looking at it from this viewpoint can help us notice patterns or negative beliefs which hinder it. Relationships are the bedrock of everything. We have a relationship with …