Rules for Crafting Fiction

Brevity is the soul of wit.William Shakespeare Crafting a compelling story, be it a novel, short story, or flash fiction, takes discipline. Great writing isn’t so much about impressing the reader with wit or clever description as brutalising your raw prose until the final product is taut and powerful – until each word becomes a... Continue Reading →

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How to Write Every Day… Or Else

[...] you can't rely on inspiration or a novel would take ten years.J G Ballard Let's face it, writing is hard and nobody really knows what they're doing. We fumble away at the page like dirty macaques reaching through a mesh fence for a slice of apple. But that's no reason to give up. Why,... Continue Reading →

Reading to Write & Vice Versa

Reading is the creative center of a writer's life.Stephen King, On Writing Reading is to writing as nourishment is to the human body, as coal is to a steam engine, and vice versa. If you read a lot, and make a habit of interrogating what you read (what the writer does through their use of... Continue Reading →

Michael Victor Bowman: Writing, Subverting Old Tropes & The Book of Witches

Michael Victor Bowman was once chased by an angry hippo in Tanzania -- the most interesting seven seconds of his life. The most interesting six seconds are another story… He grew up preferring fantasy to football, and, as a writer, he’ll try any genre at least once, but always comes home to science fiction and... Continue Reading →

Matt Beeson: Modern & Progressive Takes on Witchcraft & The Book of Witches

Matt Beeson is father to Brandon, husband to Nola; these are the things he knows for certain. He works as an engineer and primarily writes reports and the occasional technical paper (he even does some engineering from time to time). The Book of Witches is his first foray into fiction and he very much hopes... Continue Reading →

Garry Coulthard: Growing up with Pendle Hill & ‘The Book of Witches’

The legendary Garry Coulthard of grimgarry.com tells all about growing up near Pendle (not to mention his dalliances with real witches). He also discusses the researching and writing of his new story in The Book of Witches available through Amazon, Waterstones (soon), and all good retailers. Based in North West England, Garry has both a... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Leaving Dreams’ by Cecilia Morales

Cecilia Morales is an El Salvador born writer based in Dubai. She writes short stories, love letters, blog posts, social media copy, and newsletters. Read her ambiguous and compelling flash fiction below, and be sure to check out her blog Notes from the metro here. Follow her on Twitter: @mulberryink. Leaving Dreams Written by Cecilia... Continue Reading →

Nadine Dalton-West & Isabella Hunter Discuss Folklore, Technology, and ‘The Book of Witches’

The Sin of Witchcraft. We read about it, we look on it from the outside; but we can hardly realize the terror it induced [...]Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell The paperback edition of The Book of Witches, a radical new anthology curated by none other than A J Dalton approaches (Kindle edition out now).... Continue Reading →

A J Dalton and Adam Lively Talk ‘The Book of Witches’

The Witch of Endor in the Bible is very far from being a negative figure, so why then have women and others been persecuted for witchcraft in the UK for centuries?A J Dalton provides us with answers in a gripping introduction. A J Dalton, best-selling novelist and creator of the metaphysical fantasy genre returns to discuss his... Continue Reading →

Introducing Something Wicked… ‘The Book of Witches’

Dedicated to every woman or person who has suffered persecution or demonization for who they are.The Book of Witches A group of researchers from Middlesex University, working with prize-winning creative writers from North West England, have produced this exciting new book that explores the history of witches in the UK, and what it is to... Continue Reading →

Q&A with Phil Clarke, Script Consultant: Experiences in the Film Industry

Phil Clarke has been a dedicated script consultant for over a decade. He spent the best part of twenty years in the movie business, working on feature films by major Hollywood studios including Warner Brothers, Paramount, 20th Century Fox and United Artists, and production/distribution companies Miramax, Lucasfilm and Intermedia. Phil Clarke. Phil consults on all genres, and his enviable career experience has helped him to... Continue Reading →

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