Author: Claire Bradshaw

How To Get Your Poetry Published In Journals and Magazines

Getting poetry published in a literary journal or magazine can be tough. It can feel even more difficult than seeking publication for fiction, as there tend to be fewer opportunities available for poets. But getting your poetry published is not impossible!

6 Key Questions To Ask When Creating A Magic System

When you’re writing a fantasy novel, one of the most important parts of world-building is creating a magic system. Magic is one of the essential elements of any fantasy story. How big or small a role it plays in that

7 Tips For Writing Meaningful Death Scenes

Let’s admit it, readers: we all love a good death scene. Whether we’re ugly-crying because we loved the character so much and OH, THE INJUSTICE, or punching the air and cheering because that villain got what they deserved… There’s nothing

5 Writing ‘Rules’ Authors Should Try Breaking

We’re all aware that there are certain guidelines we’re advised follow when writing fiction. These run the gamut from the old ‘show, don’t tell’ mantra to concepts like the three-act structure and its inherent story constructs. But just how closely should we follow

5 Fresh Ways To Interact With Your Readers

Gone are the days where authors were considered distant, untouchable, borderline mythical creatures by their readers. Thanks to the rise of the online author platform, these days authors – especially indie authors – are interacting directly with readers more than

7 Common Mistakes Authors Make When Writing a Series

If you’re writing a series rather than a standalone novel, you’re facing a whole range of additional challenges. The idea of writing one book can be intimidating enough, let alone several books that need to come together in a coherent whole!

How To Create A Professional Author Media Kit

How To Create A Professional Author Media Kit

In this digital age, successful indie authors understand that having a thriving online author platform is important. But did you know that traditional tools such as a media kit can also play a vital role in the promotion of your

5 Tips For Better Physical World-Building In Your Fantasy Novel

World-building is one of the most important parts of fantasy writing – and one that many writers understandably find challenging. As well as things like culture, customs, language, religion and politics, world-building involves the creation of the physical world itself.

How To Promote Your Indie Book With An Awesome Blog Tour

We’ve extolled the virtues of working with book bloggers before, and for good reason. Engaging with the book blogging community is a smart move for authors – especially indie authors, whose book marketing and promotion is entirely their own responsibility.

7 Straightforward Tips For Turning An Idea Into A Story

There are few things more magical to a writer than an idea. That initial spark of inspiration, that tiny kernel that nestles itself in your mind – slowly growing and developing, taking shape and form… There’s no doubt that ideation