Dissecting Dialogue

Dialogue; for some it is an absolute joy to write but for others, the bane of their existence.  Primarily dialogue helps move the story forward, it gives realism to your characters and their relationships and helps to convey some information, a useful tool in foreshadowing or enhancing the perception of a scene. Writing effective dialogueContinue reading “Dissecting Dialogue”

Breaking Through the Battle Scene Writing Barrier

Hi everyone, I have finally returned from a short hiatus, having battled with my health over the past few weeks. In light of my fight, I felt it appropriate to center this week’s blog around writing battle scenes. Building up to a battle scene and keeping the momentum is something I have noticed many strugglesContinue reading “Breaking Through the Battle Scene Writing Barrier”

Novelettes, Novellas and Novels, What is the Difference?

Writing a novel can be daunting, especially for someone attempting their first draft of their very first narrative.  Many first- time writers have a misconception that the longer the book the better and become despondent when their narrative does not quite fit the length they had set their sights on. Many resort to adding anContinue reading “Novelettes, Novellas and Novels, What is the Difference?”

Character Roles and Archetypes in Fiction

Hi everyone. Previously we have spoken about the development of characters, but we have not yet spoken about the character roles and archetypes that you may find. I will begin with the more familiar; character roles. It is generally accepted to be seven character roles in a narrative: The Protagonist This is the main character ofContinue reading “Character Roles and Archetypes in Fiction”

Amidst the Chaos of the Apocalypse

It’s hard to believe that we are barely three months into the year and already so much has happened. South Africa goes into a nationwide lock-down for twenty one days as of Friday due to COVID-19. Although it is needed and although much of the nation applauds our president for this action, it will haveContinue reading “Amidst the Chaos of the Apocalypse”

Demolishing Writer’s Block

Ah. Writer’s block. The dreaded affliction that all writers will suffer from at some point, if not at many points, in their careers.We all lament those moments where the inspiration and words just won’t come and the cursor blinks accusingly at you from the blank page on the computer screen. But what exactly is writer’s blockContinue reading “Demolishing Writer’s Block”

Getting into the Mood

Often confused, but quite different, both mood and tone are important tools in an author’s arsenal. They provide a platform from which a writer can evoke an emotional response from the reader.  What is the difference between mood and tone? The tone is not aimed at the reader but is instead the narrator’s attitude toContinue reading “Getting into the Mood”

Character Development in Novels

Welcome back. So far we have journeyed through the joys of world-building and plotting and continued with the creation of magic systems. Today, I will discuss one of my favorite parts of writing, creating characters and character development.  Think about your favorite books. What is it that drew you to them and cemented them inContinue reading “Character Development in Novels”

World- Building, the Foundations of a Fantasy

It is true, there is a lot that needs to be considered when writing a fantasy. From plot to characterization to magic systems, the list seems never-ending. I find, however, that one of the most integral parts of a good fantasy, a believable fantasy, is the world that it is set in. Is the worldContinue reading “World- Building, the Foundations of a Fantasy”