Author: Claire Bradshaw

7 Key Elements To Include In Your First Chapter

The importance of your novel's first chapter cannot be underestimated. It's the chapter that introduces your book to the world – the chapter that needs to draw in agents and publishers and readers alike. (No pressure or anything!) Unfortunately, there's no predetermined formula for a perfect first chapter. Every story …

5 Clichés To Avoid In Your Fantasy Novel

Like any genre of fiction, fantasy is susceptible to a wide range of clichés. Unfortunately, it can be all too easy to fall into the trap of using repetitive, unoriginal tropes and traditions. Fantasy fiction demands certain essential elements to fit into the genre and reach the right audience – and …

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 to write in. While there aren't hard-and-fast rules to follow, …

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. And still more might simply cry in horror, 'A series? Writing …

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 writing and writing alone does sound like a dream scenario, unfortunately, …

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 enormous achievement, but now's not the time to rest on …