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Story Ideas - 100+ Story Prompts & Writing Ideas

100 Story Ideas

Since I have more story ideas than I can possibly explore in a lifetime, please allow me to offer some to you in this post. Pick the idea that excites you the most, and you’ll find that its momentum will conjure up a whole new story world, replete with fascinating new characters! Story Ideas Here

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The Secret Commonwealth & Lyra's Oxford

Northern Lights / Golden Compass Word Crawl

The new His Dark Materials TV series started today! But that’s no excuse to shirk our writing duties… especially if, like me, you’re currently engaged in writing 50,000 words a month for NaNoWriMo! Complete this word crawl to enjoy Northern Lights (and your own story) in a new light… What is a word crawl? A

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Worldbuilding - Free Workshop

Worldbuilding Demonstration

The Lady Writers League‘s long-awaited worldbuilding course, How to Lose Yourself in a World of Your Own Invention, is finally open! Just in time to aid you in your Preptober planning! CLICK HERE TO ENROL How to Worldbuild on One Page This video workshop walks you through the basic method I’ve developed to worldbuild on

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Alethiometer Cards

Alethiometer Studies 101

To celebrate the launch of The Secret Commonwealth, I thought I would share this deck of alethiometer cards I created. As alethiometers are even rarer in our world than in Lyra’s, I hope these cards can help you hone your skills in their stead. Click here to download the cards (ZIP) Printing Your Cards I recommend

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Writing Quotes to Inspire & Motivate

Writing Quotes to Make You Feel Like a Writer

Here’s a list of writing quotes that I’ve found inspiring, motivating and thought-provoking over the years. These little snippets of wisdom can help remind you of the long and beautiful tradition of which you’re now a part! Writing Quotes ‘Songbirds do not study in a conservatory.’ – Saul Bellow ‘The only time a human being

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Show Don't Tell Techniques from Famous Authors - Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen & Sir Philip Pullman

Show, Don’t Tell with Famous Authors

“Show, don’t tell,” was what I was taught at school. You, too? Showing is usually defined as relating the story through descriptions of the character’s feelings, sensations, perceptions, and thoughts. Telling, on the other hand, is a straight-forward (and usually far more succinct) expression of actions, characteristics, and backstory.   Here’s a simple example of

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How to Write Your Fastest Story Ever

How to Write Your Fastest Story Ever

The knowledge that writing fast doesn’t mean writing bad, was one of the most important lessons I learned from NaNoWriMo. In fact, many famous novels and novellas were written in just a few weeks: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, Matthew Lewis’s The Monk, H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines, as well as many other works

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The Secret Commonwealth & Lyra's Oxford

Northern Lights / Golden Compass Word Crawl

The new His Dark Materials TV series started today! But that’s no excuse to shirk our writing duties… especially if, like me, you’re currently engaged in writing 50,000 words a month for NaNoWriMo! Complete this word crawl to enjoy Northern Lights (and your own story) in a new light… What is a word crawl? A

Read More »
Worldbuilding - Free Workshop

Worldbuilding Demonstration

The Lady Writers League‘s long-awaited worldbuilding course, How to Lose Yourself in a World of Your Own Invention, is finally open! Just in time to aid you in your Preptober planning! CLICK HERE TO ENROL How to Worldbuild on One Page This video workshop walks you through the basic method I’ve developed to worldbuild on

Read More »
Alethiometer Cards

Alethiometer Studies 101

To celebrate the launch of The Secret Commonwealth, I thought I would share this deck of alethiometer cards I created. As alethiometers are even rarer in our world than in Lyra’s, I hope these cards can help you hone your skills in their stead. Click here to download the cards (ZIP) Printing Your Cards I recommend

Read More »
Writing Quotes to Inspire & Motivate

Writing Quotes to Make You Feel Like a Writer

Here’s a list of writing quotes that I’ve found inspiring, motivating and thought-provoking over the years. These little snippets of wisdom can help remind you of the long and beautiful tradition of which you’re now a part! Writing Quotes ‘Songbirds do not study in a conservatory.’ – Saul Bellow ‘The only time a human being

Read More »
Show Don't Tell Techniques from Famous Authors - Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen & Sir Philip Pullman

Show, Don’t Tell with Famous Authors

“Show, don’t tell,” was what I was taught at school. You, too? Showing is usually defined as relating the story through descriptions of the character’s feelings, sensations, perceptions, and thoughts. Telling, on the other hand, is a straight-forward (and usually far more succinct) expression of actions, characteristics, and backstory.   Here’s a simple example of

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Worksheet Bundles
Writing Ebooks

Free Plot Workshop
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Join Lucy for her first summer
on the island of Alemmia,
where she learns how to get
everything she wants.

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