The underworld is perhaps the most important motif in mythology and literature – tied up with ideas about life, the afterlife, belief, culture, storytelling, and the psyche, it’s the setting of humanity’s reckoning with the ephemeral nature of mortality.
As writers, we can use the motif of the underworld in two aspects:
The underworld as world of adventure
The underworld as world of the dead
Writing Journal Worksheet – The Sun (PDF) We’ve studied the Moon, and the (distant) Stars, now it’s time for the Sun. Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul. – John Milton Sometimes even the most seemingly familiar subjects can yield interesting story ideas and avenues for exploration. How might the Sun inform… The passage… Read More
Have you ever taken a writing course? Have you considered creating a course yourself? As I’ve now written two online courses and have started work on my third, I thought that some students and teachers of writing might be interested in the way I approach designing and writing my writing courses. I hope that this… Read More
Creative Writer Worksheet – What to Read When Writing (PDF) I mentioned that one of the best ways to grow as a writer is to imitate your favourite authors. Well, this worksheet is to help you figure out whose influence to draw on for various literary elements. For example, if I wanted to write a… Read More
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