Author: Claire Bradshaw

5 Essential Elements Every Fantasy Novel Needs

So you want to write a fantasy novel. You’re enamoured with epic sagas from the likes of Tolkien, Martin and Rowling; you love everything about the genre, and you feel that you have your own fantasy story to tell. But this is a complicated genre

Ultimate Guide - How To Write A Series

Ultimate Guide: How To Write A Series

The word ‘series’ conjures up different emotions in different writers. Some might grin at the thought of spending multiple books exploring the world and story they’ve created. Others might rub their hands together at the potentially lucrative benefits of a long-running series.

Ultimate Guide- Mastering Online Author Presence

Ultimate Guide: Mastering Your Online Author Presence

You’ve no doubt heard the terms ‘online presence’ and ‘author platform’ floating around of late. But what do they mean, exactly? And are they really vital concerns for writers? Shouldn’t we be focussing solely on the writing itself? While concentrating on

9 Simple Ways to Sharpen Your Manuscript

9 Simple Ways To Sharpen Your Manuscript

When you’ve finally finished your manuscript after thousands of hours of work, the last thing you want to hear is that there’s more work to be done. But unfortunately, that’s the simple truth of the matter. Finalising your draft is an

Do You Need a Literary Agent? The Definitive Pros and Cons List

Editor Claire Bradshaw takes us through the ultimate pros and cons of having a literary agent...


The Complete Guide To Creating Backstory In Speculative Fiction

Claire tells us how to create authentic backstory for your characters...


The Essential NaNoWriMo Survival Guide

Are you keen to write 50,000 words in a month? Here's your must-read survival guide...

5 Golden Rules For Authentic Dialogue

5 Golden Rules for Writing Authentic Dialogue

Claire takes us through her golden rules to incredible dialogue in fiction...

Conflict in YA

How To Master Conflict In Young Adult Fiction

We explore the key elements of YA fiction, and how you can master 'conflict' in your own YA novel...

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6 Simple Ways To Stay Inspired As A Writer

What do you do when you're feeling a bit flat on the writing front? Check out our amazing tips for staying inspired!