Shocking Semi-Colons

NOTE: All these articles are based on British grammar and the techniques I used to help myself, they are by no means definitive. Semi-colons are tricky; they’re easy to over use, put in the wrong places or not use at all. The way I find helps to think of them is a way of joining two […]

via Shocking Semi-Colons — Jesse’s Studio

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To beta or not to beta

This is the second blog post in a row I’ve written on etiquette and the irony hasn’t escaped me: yes, I am a potty-mouthed, socially inappropriate reprobate who struggles not to tell parents their babies look like elderly wizards. It’s also ironic that I’m advising people how to be graceful. I’m roughly the size and shape […]

via Critiquette: Giving and Receiving Writing Feedback with Grace — Anna Kaling – Romance Author

What Readers Want

I posed a question to writers and readers on Twitter, Facebook, and in real life: As a reader, what plots/characters/themes/tropes would you like to see MORE of? I got some really cool responses! The most common replies were overwhelmingly: better representation for LGBQT characters fewer coming out stories non-tragic characters less romantic plot lines more […]

via What Readers Want MORE Of… — Jette Harris

Huldrasaga : Update

The current Work-in-Progress has reached a critical juncture. I have managed to incorporate quite a lot of the various disconnected ideas I scribbled down two years ago, and created something approaching a coherent narrative, and also begun the process of weaving a sub-plot into the main story line (I wrote the sub-plot as one straight-through story, almost a little novelette, and of course that won’t do at all). Of the remaining disjointed pieces flapping about at the end, it is now a question of a) which ones to keep and b) of those, where they fit into the storyline, and then add some more connecting tissue to bed them in. There is still one unresolved bit of plot, a thing that ought to have consequences but as yet doesn’t, and I also ought to perhaps make a day by day timeline so I can hang the bits of story on it and get the pace of events right, but other than that I will soon have caught myself up, and will be able to lay down new story to carry the plot(s) through to the end. Progress 🙂

I find myself re-writing lots of little bits as I go along, because two years on and having more-or-less completed one novel I think – I hope – I’ve got better at this writing lark, and have a better eye for what works and what doesn’t. I believe that I’m even (whisper it very quietly) beginning to get a feel for how plots work …

I’ll leave you with this rather brusque dismissal from Frida the goose-girl:

“Don’t you like people, then?” Frida frowned. 
“No,” she said shortly. 
“Oh. Why not?” Frida’s frown grew deeper.
 “Right now, it’s because they keep asking me stupid questions.” 
Even Gorm could take a hint like that, and he beat a hasty retreat back down the hill.

Evening, all. Mind how you go.

Books for Fantasy Writers

What books should fantasy writers read? Well, any books they like, actually, and the more the better, but what I am getting at is what books might help us to be better writers? Here are some ideas for books I have found useful, broken down into categories for your comfort and convenience.

But before I do, can I just say that if you want advice on the building blocks of novel-writing, and are intimidated by the jargons used in works of literary advice, or are perhaps new to this whole writing a book lark, hie you at once to Jesse’s Studio, where the estimable Jesse Stuart has just such (excellent) advice laid out in clear and easy to understand language.

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