Creative writing

Melissa A Joy, fantasy writer and Blackheath Dawn consultant writer shares her insights in her collection of articles, titled ‘enhancing your creative writing talent’ to support you in developing rich and exciting content for your fantasy masterpiece.

A Tutorial on Creative Mechanics

What makes your world tick? You think you have a never before seen concept, a piece of equipment, a vehicle or magical construct of your own design.  What makes it stand out to the reader from many other creations? How does it work? These are a few of the questions I always ask myself when […]

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Creative writing: coming up with sub-plots

Creating a main plotline for your story is one thing, but what about sub-plots? Some stories may have only a couple, but others can have several or perhaps many. It’s no secret that the more sub-plots you have the more complex the story becomes, and therefore it becomes a greater burden on the writer. Depending […]

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Creative writing: setting the underlying themes

Part 4 in the series ‘ enhancing your creative writing talent ’. By Melissa A Joy, fantasy writer and Blackheath Dawn consultant writer. Have you ever thought of what the underlying themes are in your stories? They can be about anything: true love, ambition, revenge, loneliness, friendship. There are so many things that can make up the core […]

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Creative writing: settings and timeframes for sci-fi and fantasy

Part 3 in the series ‘ enhancing your creative writing talent ’. By Melissa A Joy, fantasy writer and Blackheath Dawn consultant writer. Settings and timeframes are the building blocks of a story.  Without them, nothing around your characters and their lives can exist.  What use is a great big empty space full of nothing? Your characters need […]

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Creative writing: ways to combat writer’s block

Part 2 in the series ‘ enhancing your creative writing talent ’. By Melissa A Joy, fantasy writer and Blackheath Dawn consultant writer. How many words do you write per night?  Do you ever feel that it’s enough?  Sometimes, you might see posts from fellow authors who are already published, and they talk about how far they […]

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Creative writing: using imagination for name creation

Part 1 in the series ‘ enhancing your creative writing talent ’. By Melissa A Joy, fantasy writer and Blackheath Dawn consultant writer. Have you ever wondered about the meaning of names? Do any characters you’ve read about live up to the names they are given, and do their names suit them? And does the same go for […]

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