Category: Writing Advice

Free Character Template for Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

It can be a little challenging, when coming up with characters for your new fantasy or science fiction book, to know where to begin. That’s why I’ve put together this simple, minimalist character template for writing fantasy to help you start straight away with the basics. I find that I can get bogged down with

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The Joy of Creating a Fantasy World

As with many who read fantasy books, I have always wanted to create my own secondary world. I’ve read books by J. R. R. Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, Trudi Canavan, Ursula K. Le Guin… (the list goes on) and those books have shaped the periods of my life in which they dominated.

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The Depressive Void of the First Draft

There is something you should never do straight after writing a draft and that’s read it. I had never followed this rule before because it never bothered me when I thought it was bad…This book, however, I care about a lot. And it’s terrible.

How to Write Great Heroes

The problem with the hero archetype is that it is so easy to be dull. The hero starts out as a pauper, a trainee assassin or mage, a farmer, and then goes on a mighty adventure where a darkness must be stopped. That is, in its most simplest form, the hero narrative. Take inspiration from

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The Benefits of Studying Creative Writing at University

I recently finished my (BA) English and Creative Writing, and after some deliberation I applied to and am now on an MA Creative Writing course. Of course, studying creative writing at university is not necessary for becoming a writer and you might not become a good one because of it, but there are many benefits

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Free Fantasy Setting Worldbuilding Template

Here is a list of items to think about when creating your fantasy world. You do not have to know everything on the list, your reader certainly doesn’t. Pick the things that seem the most interesting and design them in detail. I hope this fantasy setting worldbuilding template is useful for your stories! Also, I

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How to Write Great Villains

I am a huge admirer of writers who can create a villain I care about. I know that sounds like odd wording but it’s true. I care about Cersei Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire and I care about Lanfear in The Wheel of Time. I do not, however, care about Sauron from

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Worldbuilding #2: The Importance of Character

I am a huge fan of the way Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ trilogy does not rely on the importance of character. This may seem like an odd introduction to a post about the importance of character, however I just wanted to iterate that I believe good books have been written, and can still be written, where this

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My Writing Routine

It has been a while since I regularly uploaded to this site, so I figured the best way to return properly is to talk about my writing routine. I just finished doing a BA English and Creative Writing degree and have now started an MA in Creative Writing, so I’ve had to hone my writing

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How to Create Realistic and Interesting Characters for Your Stories

Imagine you are your character. I will be Li, a 25(ish) year-old woman, currently living in Wolverhampton, England. Creating this base for your character is important. She has a name, age, and general setting. These are the three first things to base everything else about your character and your story on. The character’s name gives

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You Could Write a Novel This Summer: Motivation for Writing

It’s true; actually, you could finish a first draft of a novel in two months (with a few days off), so technically you could write a novel before the summer holidays even begin. This is something I remind myself of every time I think, I’ll do 1000 words tomorrow; take today off. But if I do

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How to Condense Story Ideas for Novels

Sometimes, the problem with creating a story is that it can get out of control. The simple idea you had to begin with is now a huge, complex story that is over 300k words. I was asked in the comments of my post How to Develop a Plot into an Entire Novel, if there was a

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How to Develop a Plot into an Entire Novel

When you have an idea for a story, it can be a little tricky bulking it out enough to fill a novel. The first thing you need to think is: Is this actually a novel-length idea? You could write a short story or novella as the story might not need 30-100 thousand words. If you

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How to Set out a Writing Schedule

I know that a lot of writers really do not like having their writing organised. Some days they will write from 1000-5000 words and other days maybe 0-30 words. This can work for some writers, and that’s good, but if I try to write like that I often stop writing for a week, or several

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How to Write a First Draft (Of Anything)

I believe it was Ernest Hemingway who said something along the lines of, “The first draft of everything is shit.” He’s not wrong. Writing a first draft is getting everything out on the page. Don’t concern yourself too much with character development or the amount of dialogue/action/description you have compared to one another. Just get

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