How To Use All 5 Senses To Unlock Your Fictional World

'Write with all five senses' is a brilliant rule for working on description; but how familiar are you with each? Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are five simple details that help make your fictional world come to life. The beginning of human knowledge is through the senses, and the fiction writer begins where human …

Twitter For Authors: Following Accounts

So now we've got the functions of Twitter covered, let's talk about how you can build up your following. Twitter is great for connecting with like-minded people because of it's unwritten 'follow, follow back' rule. Generally on Twitter, if someone follows you, it's good manners to follow them back if …

Twitter For Authors: How To Create An Account

Creating a Twitter account is simple, free and easy to navigate. But just in case, let's go through the steps below from the beginning. First, go to https://twitter.com/, you'll see the following screen... From here, you'll want to click 'Sign up' if you don't already have an account. You'll be directed …

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 …

On Writing And Editing Sex Scenes In Fiction

Since getting stuck into the structural edit of my novel, I've been doing a lot of reading about sex scenes in fiction. When should they be included? What makes them work? What makes them fail spectacularly? What warrants a 'Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award'? Originally, there was only one sex …