Layering Plot in Fantasy Stories

From the expansive complexity of the Wheel of Time and other such fantasy epics to the more focused, linear storylines of standalone books, there is no denying that the fantasy genre has a wide breadth of plot types. But which is better? How do you know when your plot is too complex, or too simple? […]

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Scars

there are three lines on my right thigh which trace the depth of my pain. they have healed now, turned to white slivers of what once gaped in red. I do not look at them; it reminds me that there are worse scars on the inside. the sort you don’t see until you trip on […]

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Mother

we made you together but for a little while everything you are I have given you. for my breath is yours. my food shall feed you, my body warm you, and my rest soothe you. how fitting it is that as you become all of my world, I should be yours.

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Amazon Author Profiles: The Details of Self-Publishing

Welcome back to another post in the details of self-publishing series, where we look at some of the nitty-gritty of self-publishing. The sort of fine detail that may well be boring to a large number of people, but is invaluable if you want to step into the self-publishing world. Today, we’re looking at Amazon Author […]

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Learning to Finish A Giant Project

I have always been very good at starting projects. My digital archives are littered with dozens and dozens of half-started stories, poems, and other projects. It became a pattern: have an idea, start writing it down, get anxious or depressed about it and stop. It felt like I couldn’t finish anything. Obviously, I finished some […]

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Building Inspiration

It’s International Museum Day – and I bet you didn’t know about that until now – so today, I want to talk to you about how great they are for writers. Last year I went to Windsor Castle for my sister-in-law’s hen do. I’m not the sort of person who is easily excited by things […]

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Crowds

the trouble with crowds is you can’t trust them. crowds are loud uncontrollable they writhe and wend; they’ll trample you if you don’t stand firm. i am afraid of crowds. it seems to me a perfectly logical fear. people terrify me. in crowds it’s worse, and even if i block the din of their sound […]

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Building a Mental Health Work Buffer

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. I would like to think that if you’ve made it here, you’re at least a little more aware of the omnipresence of mental health problems. You may have experienced the extreme stress that they can put on people suffering from them. In fact, the theme of this year’s […]

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Layers

I get nervous when I’m not wearing layers As if other people seeing my body Is so horrifying a notion That it requires constant, unwavering attention. It was blisteringly hot today. I went out in a vest top and shorts. I spent the entire time nauseated by how much of me everyone could see. You […]

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5 Ways to Support Indie Authors

There are a lot of risks associated with being an independent author, but here’s the main one: all of your support comes from your readers, your fans, your community. If you’re fortunate you might be able to hire other people to help you, and create a team much like in traditional publishing. But for most […]

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