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World Building and Language Workshop

On Saturday 15 August 2020 I took part in the Romancing the Gothic's Gothic Creative Day via Zoom, leading a workshop on world building and language. The workshop was not recorded, but it was pretty popular, so I'd be happy to run it again. In the meantime, here are my slides for you to play… Continue reading World Building and Language Workshop

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Saints & Sinners Part 2

Interviews in Pagham-on-Sea We asked residents of Pagham-on-Sea what they thought of these questions. What is the gravest sin anyone can commit? What, like murder? Murder, yeah. Like Hitler an' that.- Josie, 15, studentBetrayal.- Anon., age unknown, shadow lurkerNot paying your tab.- Mirren, age unknown, nightclub owner Can you be damned [in your belief system]?… Continue reading Saints & Sinners Part 2

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Saints & Sinners Part 1

Introduction to Pagham-on-Sea This month's #WiPWorldBuilders card is on saints and sinners, looking at beliefs and belief systems in our fictional worlds. Let's talk about some of the belief systems in Pagham-on-Sea first. For context, the town's population is around 12,000, while the population of the commuter estate (Queen Mary's and Jubilee) on the other… Continue reading Saints & Sinners Part 1

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#WriterlyWiPChat: July Q&A Week 4 (and a bit!) Part 2

Days 26-31 #SelfieSunday! Show us some good times! Do you specify when your WiP is set or do you prefer to keep it vague and timeless? The Crows had its own timeline, from April-May (although the year isn't specified, it can be inferred from the dates). The plan is to line up the stories by… Continue reading #WriterlyWiPChat: July Q&A Week 4 (and a bit!) Part 2

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#WriterlyWiPChat: July Q&A Week 4 (and a bit!) Part 1

Days 22-25 Do you edit as you go, or push through that first draft? It honestly varies. I do a little bit of editing as I go through, but the first draft will morph and shift under me through weeks of experimental writing until I get the plot and outline right, figure the characters out… Continue reading #WriterlyWiPChat: July Q&A Week 4 (and a bit!) Part 1