5 Easy Steps To Avoid Purple Prose

Anyone who’s studied literature, taken a writing course or joined a book club has no doubt encountered the expression ‘purple prose’. For those who haven’t, Google defines it as: “Prose that is too elaborate or ornate.” So why purple? In Ancient Rome, where the expression finds its origins, purple was the colour of the Emperor …

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What is a Creative Writing Hook?

All readers know the feeling of being captivated by a piece of writing straight away. When the first sentence pulls you in, it’s much more likely that you’ll continue reading. Many people only read a page or even just few sentences before making a judgement. If they’re not hooked, the book often goes back on …

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From Blacksmith Forge to Bookshelf: Author Bronwyn Eley Talks Favourite Fantasy Heroines and Debut Novel, ‘Relic’

Back in January, we announced that our YA fantasy imprint, Talem Press, had signed debut author Bronwyn Eley for the publication of her series, The Relic Trilogy. Fast-forward more than seven months later, and we’re now only two weeks away from sharing Relic, the first book in Bronwyn’s series, with the world! As a quick refresher, …

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