Episode 3.2: How to Successfully Write Urban Fantasy

Angeline and Holly discuss the differences between high and low fantasy, how to delve into adding fantasy elements to a real-world setting, and why you should never put a goat on your book cover! What is the difference between second-world fantasy and intrusion fantasy? And where does portal fantasy fit in? Find out about the [...]

Working With Beta Readers

As an author, you will have a range of people read your books before and after they're published. Your Alpha reader, the first person who reads it, might be a spouse or critique partner. Someone you trust and who you feel comfortable sharing your writing with quite early in the process, perhaps as you write [...]

Episode 2.15: Author Confessional

We've got something to tell you... In today's episode, we're confessing to our crimes to literature. We're reliving painful mistakes, feeling cheated by our schooling, and revealing our deepest, darkest, most shocking secrets as authors. There are many things that authors don't admit to; embarrassing slip-ups, or breaking convention, or doing things that are generally [...]

Episode 2.14: Health, Self-Care and Goals When Life Happens

Holly gets personal in this episode with her NaNoWriMo experience this year and what happened to her writing when she was struck down with appendicitis. She shares tips for goalsetting in the face of interruptions from real life and talks through finding the story through world-building. Listen on your favourite platform HERE. Resources Indie Fire [...]

Episode 2.13: Writing FAQs

In a somewhat epic episode, we tackle some of the frequently asked questions about writing and publishing; from language and grammar to marketing and universal links. We discuss the decisions that authors need to make, and chat about how we tackle the stylistic choices. Sometimes we agree, and sometimes we don't! We talk about our [...]

Worldbuilding Challenge

If you follow us on Instagram then it's likely you've seen our Worldbuilding Quest challenges in the past and hopefully seen something about our latest iteration of it. But I wanted to take a minute to give a bit more detail about what's happening with it. Next week, beginning on Monday 26th August 2019, we'll [...]

Use Your Fear

Happy Monday, folks! Holly here with my top tip for this week: Use your fear. We’re all afraid of something and it’s so easy to get lost in it and become paralysed. But what if you could ride your fear like a surfer rides a wave? Rather than being crushed by it, you can use [...]

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Most writers have been asked at least once where we get our ideas. There’s no one answer. But there is one truth: ideas are everywhere. The better question might be: How do I notice the ideas? Taking time every day to generate creativity is so important. Make it a habit to find ways to express [...]

Using Your Authentic Narrative Voice

This seems to be in the air right now. Angeline posted something about it on Instagram the other day and then I got into a lively debate in a Facebook group about a related topic that my brain automatically connected - the use of English vs American English. This is going to be a bit [...]