The Fool's Journey for Writers

The Fool’s Journey (Part 1)

What is the Fool’s Journey? The ‘Fool’s Journey’ is the term coined by Eden Gray to describe the story of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. Unfortunately, Gray’s own account of the journey is merely a rushed appendix to A Complete Guide to the Tarot, and in the absence of an “authoritative” version (if it isn’t a fool’s journey

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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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Welcome to Alemmia!

Welcome to Alemmia, a Mediterranean island full of roses, and fulfilled desires!   Alemmia is the story of the first summer that Lucy and her family spend on an idyllic  island. It’s a somewhat old-fashioned tale of childhood adventure, and an easy breezy, low-contrast, low-drama beach read to soothe you into more magical manifestations! I

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The Story So Far... - One Page Story

The Story So Far…

Mr. Walker’s job was to rewrite people’s backstories. He had started out forging documents, then moved on to inventing anecdotes for politicians, scripting dates and interviews, that sort of thing. Now every character was clamouring for his services. ‘The whole thing’s a fiction, anyway,’ he said. We were in his office. It was a dark

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Writing Character Flaws Worksheet

Character Flaws & Blank White Cards

Character flaws are an interesting topic; far more involved than I had at first realised! The other day, I was sitting in the Lady Writers League study, drafting a Heroine Frame for myself — a Heroine Frame, in case you don’t know, is our one-page framework for character development — when Sir George appeared at

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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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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

Read More »

Welcome to Alemmia!

Welcome to Alemmia, a Mediterranean island full of roses, and fulfilled desires!   Alemmia is the story of the first summer that Lucy and her family spend on an idyllic  island. It’s a somewhat old-fashioned tale of childhood adventure, and an easy breezy, low-contrast, low-drama beach read to soothe you into more magical manifestations! I

Read More »
The Story So Far... - One Page Story

The Story So Far…

Mr. Walker’s job was to rewrite people’s backstories. He had started out forging documents, then moved on to inventing anecdotes for politicians, scripting dates and interviews, that sort of thing. Now every character was clamouring for his services. ‘The whole thing’s a fiction, anyway,’ he said. We were in his office. It was a dark

Read More »
Writing Character Flaws Worksheet

Character Flaws & Blank White Cards

Character flaws are an interesting topic; far more involved than I had at first realised! The other day, I was sitting in the Lady Writers League study, drafting a Heroine Frame for myself — a Heroine Frame, in case you don’t know, is our one-page framework for character development — when Sir George appeared at

Read More »
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where she learns how to get
everything she wants.

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