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Setting: Elements of Towns and Cities New!

Setting is one of the key elements of any story not reliant on the story being fictional or non-fictional. Many writers believe a setting is merely a location but, in this simplistic definition, they fail to truly understand what a setting is. The setting of...

How To Write About The Emotion Of Death New!

Writing any kind of emotion that touches a reader’s heart is difficult. But when it comes to relaying the feeling associated with the death of a loved one and the grief that follows, it is paramount you get it right. If you have never experienced...

Character Types to Include in Your Story New!

Another writer messaged me today to ask how they could make their characters more realistic and three dimensional. I believe this takes time and many hours of people watching. For example, the type of clothes a person wears, or the way they speak, can say a lot...

Misused Words in the English Language - Part 3 New!

So, now we come to the last part of this series and some of the most commonly misused words. I bet you recognize a few that you have used – or misused – in the past: Adverse Should be used to mean “hostile” or “unfavorable.” Commonly mistaken for...

Misused Words in the English Language - Part 2 New!

You should now be aware of some of the common vocabularies in the English language and some of the more common mix-ups in grammar, but knowing doesn’t guarantee that you will always use the right word in the right context. The English language is constantly...

Misused Words in the English Language – Part 1 New!

We all think we know how to use words the right way. Probably one of the first words you learned was “good” and everyone knows how to use that word – don’t they? It isn’t such a straightforward word as you think and is, in...

3 Ways to Understand a Setting New!

Setting is one of the key elements of any story not reliant on the story being fiction or non-fiction. Many writers believe that a setting is merely a location and by stopping at this simplistic definition, they fail to truly understand what a setting is. Literacy...

Rewriting Your Novel 2 New!

The completion of the first draft of your manuscript is actually not the end of the creative process, but the beginning of it. The rewriting process is far more time consuming, and the average amount of rewrites is around six before the novel is ready for...

Disney’s Gruesome Tale: The Hunchback of Notre Dame New!

Even back then, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame raised more than a few eyebrows. Many families were quick to point out the film’s dark elements, as well as the horrific implications the antagonist had. What’s more, despite the fact that there is a happy...

The Shadows of Love: The Phantom of the Opera New!

Obsession is often considered to be humanity’s cruelest way of showing undying love. Whether it be following your loved one, even until death, or kidnapping them and hoping they’d love you, it’s this very behavior that many of us will find creepy, and some others,...