So, what was really behind the photograph of the fairies championed by the gullible Conan Doyle?
We all know what Wikipedia says about it, but has anyone asked the actual Fairy? In extracts from her diary, she tells all, and more!
I do write poetry and have written it for years. I just never tell anyone, or very rarely.
So, maybe I should pen some more and put it out there. Here is some of it.
Developing great characters is the most difficult part of writing, in my mind, and is one of those things that both agents and publishers latch onto quickly.
It is inconsistent, though, and I have had agents say "Your characters are weak," and "At least the characters are really strong," all about the same characters!
So, ignoring agents entirely, here are my thoughts on not how you write about your characters, but how you find them in the first place.
My new book, The Stink, is set in 1976. It was the year the water ran out, the dustmen went on strike (again) and of the Notting Hill Riots.
But I also remember it as the year when we had a huge amount of fun and grew up a lot. So, why did I chose it as the backdrop for my book?
Just launched - the Official website for The Stink, the forthcoming book from C.C. Hogan.
Story background, band profiles, excerpts AND the whole of chapter one!
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Here is another good old Tavern Favourite for those writing about taverns in your fantasy novel.
Boiled Beef and Carrots is a bit of an English tradition, though one that has fallen out of favour. Properly cooked it is delicious and perfect for that tavern on winter nights with your dragon parked outside.
As I drift towards releasing my new book, The Stink, I have to think about the book's website.
Since I am self publishing, I have to do my own (no money, you see), but thankfully I have a few skills. Design is one thing, but what do you put in it?
There is a ton of advice out there about how to plan your novel, develop your characters and generally get yourself organised.
But what if you are not just writing a book but an entire saga, a series, a trilogy on steroids? How the hell do you plan that? This is what I have learned....
A short comic tale about workers in a space station
I like writing the odd verse.
As I write a character tonight, I realise I have filled her with a memory from my youth, an opportunity that I, as a stupid youngster, threw away.
Writing can creep up on you sometimes.
I am wrestling with my teen characters, it appears. The book is set in 1976 in North London and involves a bunch of sixteen year olds starting a band.
Being a sensible fellow, I am basing it on me at sixteen in the 1970s. I swore, got angry, wrestled with contentious issues and was a pain. And I also swore. Did I say that? I REALLY SWORE!
Warning: Contains Swearing.
Writer's Block is one of those things that we love to talk about. It always comes up in author's interviews, it often a plot line in some corny US TV thriller, and it constant complaint all over Twitter.
But is it real? Has the entire concept of Writer's Block simply become a cult?
There is nothing better than sitting down and reading through your own writing, polishing it while revisiting the joys and the heartbreak, the intrigue and twists hand in hand with your characters
Creating a map for your fantasy world is far more than giving your readers a helpful, absorbing bit or artwork on the inside cover of your book, it is about making your world make sense and is a vital part of planning.
This tutorial is not trying to turn you into an artist, but talk through one way of creating maps that will help you bring life to your work
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North London, 1976. The longest, hottest summer on record. The water is running out and the kids hate their parents. Which bunch of idiots would think it is a good idea to start a band?