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 →

Humour, Narrative Perspective, and Meaning | Margaret Atwood and Xiaolu Guo

The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.Horace Walpole For Jonathan Swift, writing humour, or rather satire, is as simple as a pair of bellows blowing wind up a dog's rear end until, at last, the poor thing explodes. (Have tastes changed all that much?) But fiction writers... Continue Reading →

What You Should Know About Writing Fiction … or Anything at All

‘Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.’James Joyce The novel is the most popular form of fiction, and the UK and US publishing industries rake in hundreds of millions every year. But the realist prose novel is a... Continue Reading →

Writing Lesson: ‘The Exorcist’ vs. ‘The Shining’

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.Stephen King Today we look at two defining novels of the horror genre, both of which have been adapted for screen to great acclaim. Adapting a work of fiction for cinema or stage sometimes means chopping it up and stitching it back together again. Other times, it might... Continue Reading →

Q&A with Best-Selling Fantasy Author A J Dalton

A J Dalton, best-selling novelist and creator of the metaphysical fantasy genre, answers our questions about fantasy fiction, finding an agent, and getting published. (Fun fact: Even Neil Gaiman writes under the metaphysical fantasy banner.) Dr Dalton-West is also a perspicacious academic. He has, most notably, written books on the sub-genres of British fantasy literature... Continue Reading →

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