Category: Fiction Writing

5 Simple Tips For Writing Awesome Urban Fantasy

Urban fantasy is one of the most popular fantasy subgenres around. Defined as stories with magical or supernatural elements that take place in a contemporary city or town setting, the urban fantasy category includes the likes of authors such as Patricia Briggs, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher. Its …

9 Top Tips For Entering Manuscript Prizes

You’ve done the hard work – you’ve written your book and now you’re looking to get it the recognition it deserves. This is the easy part, right? Well, yes it is, if you know what to do... Manuscript prizes typically ask for a sample of your work, as well as …

When and How to Write an Amazing Prologue

Today we're going to talk about one of the most divisive literary devices around: the prologue. As you probably know, a prologue is a section that appears before Chapter One in a book. The prologue is something separate from the main story, which always begins in Chapter One. Some readers …

5 Things To Avoid When Writing Romantic Relationships

Ahh, romance. Not only is it a massively popular genre of its own, it's also an extremely common element in countless other genres and categories – from literary fiction right through to sci-fi, fantasy and young adult fiction. However, writing romantic relationships isn't easy. Just because it's done often, doesn't mean …

The Ultimate Guide To Fantasy Subgenres

Understanding your fiction genre, and its subgenres, lets you alter and conform with confidence. You want a book that works well with marketing and cover design, and you want your readers to feel, at the least, satisfied. Of course, adding your own unique flair is all part of the fun. …