Finding the Fantastical

Building a fantasy world presents its own complications. Theoretically, we’re beginning with a blank slate to build a whole new world, except this isn’t entirely true. Although it’s a new world readers are likely to have preconceived notions of what a fantasy world will be like based on the genre of fantasy or stereotypes. For … Continue reading Finding the Fantastical


Hunting History

Historical fiction presents interesting complications primarily in the form of accuracy. We have to remember when we’re writing historical that we’re not writing a factual piece so there’s space to smudge the details of the past. For instance, having an invention appear a few years earlier than it actually did, changing fashions to suit an … Continue reading Hunting History

Getting Contemporary

Writing contemporary is often assumed to be the easiest form of world building because it is all based around the contemporary real world and everyone knows about that, right? Except the contemporary real world is different depending on where in the world you are, your background, and a variety of other factors. This doesn’t mean … Continue reading Getting Contemporary

Bricks and Mortar

What is world building? World building doesn’t solely refer to setting the scene the characters are in, it refers to creating an entire world that they inhabit. When we put it like that it can sound like a massive and impossible undertaking but like any other element of writing we can plan it all out … Continue reading Bricks and Mortar

Building a World

This week we're looking at the basics of world building. The things we need to consider overall and the things we need to consider by genre Tuesday - Bricks and Mortar, What is world building? Wednesday - Getting Contemporary, The pitfalls of assuming contemporary means easy world building. Thursday - Hunting History, Do we need to be historically accurate? … Continue reading Building a World

From Barrelling Along to Slow-Burn Sequels

Relationships in fiction can appear to move much faster than we might expect real life relationships to move, but they can move pretty fast too, or we might have ones that develop and change over the course of multiple stories. The interesting thing about the relationships that appear to move much faster is that they … Continue reading From Barrelling Along to Slow-Burn Sequels

Testing, Testing

Eventually in our story every relationship is going to be tested. This doesn’t mean it has to break. There are many different narrative tests, some are internal conflicts and others are external. Sometimes the risk is amplified by a character’s expectations or it can be implied by distance and time. Distance and time can be … Continue reading Testing, Testing

Moment of Meeting

As we mentioned in the previous article all characters are going to have a moment where they first meet. The old cliché is their eyes meet across a room and they’re destined to be together forever. This is a cliché often associated with romance novels and does appear but it doesn’t appear in all of … Continue reading Moment of Meeting

Romance Novels and Relationships

We can learn a lot about writing character relationships by looking at the romance genre. Whatever people think of romance character relationships is that genre’s speciality, if a romance novel doesn’t have a relationship people want to root for then it’s failed as a romance novel. The traditional structure of romance novels (here we should … Continue reading Romance Novels and Relationships

Relating to Relationships

This week we're looking at key points in relationship story arcs, any type relationship, and considering what we can learn about building relationships from romance fiction Tuesday - Romance Novels and Relationships, How can looking at romance novels help us develop character relationships? Wednesday - Moment of Meeting, This is an important part of many romance novels … Continue reading Relating to Relationships