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
Dear Writers, Don’t forget that How to be the Heroine of Your Own Story is on pre-order until 10 December. This is the best best best price at which it will ever be available, and I wouldn’t want you to miss it if you’re interested in taking the course. Things I’ve (Gone and) Done I’ve… Read More
Things I’ve been writing Once again, no new stories. I’m still editing The Female Correspondent. It’s taking a while because I’m using it as a test subject for my editing worksheet bundle, and my upcoming course, How to be the Heroine of Your Own Story. One thing I’ve gratefully realised, as I edit these stories that I… Read More
Creative Writer Worksheet – Writer’s Block (PDF) Writer’s block is a myth. And if I hadn’t received hundreds of emails from writers claiming to be afflicted by it, I wouldn’t even acknowledge its presence. Here’s Philip Pullman on the subject: “Writer’s block…a lot of howling nonsense would be avoided if, in every sentence containing the word… Read More
PIN TO READ LATER Have you ever stood at the edge of an unlit sea at night, and looked out into its blackness? Whether you were in a busy restaurant or walking alone on the sands or even floating on top of the water, I’m sure you contemplated that space where the sea-sky was and… Read More
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