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Memoir writing: it’s in the telling

Part 3 in the series ‘ who wants to read about you’. Linda J Pifer, author of Windows and Violet Hopes. You’ve done your preparation work with pictures and memorabilia; you’ve set up the outline and made some decisions on how you’d like to group the facts of your story. You are ready! Enter your […]

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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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Developing a voice: let your characters speak

“Come into my parlor,” said the spider to the fly. We don’t need to be told that the spider is both evil and persuasive. In your mind you already have those pictures. We can hear the oily sounds without being told that they are, indeed, as slick as Teflon. “Y’got that right, dude!” This character […]

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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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Short story: In the Shadows

Melissa A. Joy. Fantasy writer and Blackheath Dawn consultant writer. A group of four adventurers sat in a quiet but busy tavern in the town centre of Gaventon.  The dimly lit taproom lacked space, and as Janne sat by the aisle between tables, he couldn’t escape the smell of old sweat on the burly labourers […]

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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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Memoir writing: lists and outline

Part 2 in the series ‘ who wants to read about you’. By Linda J Pifer, author of Windows and Violet Hopes. Get out your best organising skills – it’s time to keep track of all that minutiae! Last month’s article suggested you scan or catalogue and file your boxed-up pictures, letters and cards to begin making […]

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Interview – Jose Varghese

What is the prized possession you value above all others? My collection of books. I am not happy to stay anywhere without my books. However, I had been forced to relocate every other year for my work, and it had been a tough task to carry them wherever I go. Now I try to manage […]

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Developing a voice: example of character voice

This piece shows a good example of the power of a character’s voice in the very first paragraph. It then goes on to précis the story in a manner that praises the author and her work. A book well worth reading. Below is an example of the character’s voice: “Today I’m five. I was four […]

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Memoir writing: starting the process

Part 1 in the series ‘ who wants to read about you’.  By Linda J Pifer, author of Windows and Violet Hopes. Depending upon how many years you’ve lived and how much you need to remember, your memoir book should number at least 100 to 200 pages. But be forewarned, unless you are a famous actor/actress […]

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