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Writing the Dreaded First Chapter

Posted by Brook on June 23, 2014 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I say the dreaded first chapter because many writers struggle with this chapter.  JK Rowling actually wrote the first chapter of the Philosopher's Stone fifteen times before she was happy with it.  And when you think about it, alot has to be deftly weaved into this chapter.

Your opening...

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Fairy Princess Raena - Lost in the Great Storm

Posted by Brook on June 23, 2014 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Far, far away, in a distant land where the wind sings lullabies and the rainbows paint dreams, there stands a tall and proud mountain. A silver Tipsy-Turvy River winds in and out of its rocks, down and around the mountain all the way to the rich green forest that lies at its base.

The Silver Mountain Forest is no ordinary forest. It is, in fact, home to every sort of woodland creature imaginable. From talking bugs and birds to pixies and sprites; from grumpy gnomes and goblins to the g...

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Interview with Anaka Jones, author of the Night Horses

Posted by Brook on March 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Anaka Jones’ debut children’s illustrated book, The Night Horses, tells the story of the secret lives of a group of barn horses and their friends. 

Currently attending the sixth grade at school, she lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family, two dogs (Kona and Bella), a lizard and a frog.  Anaka hopes to be a Marine Biologist/Veterinarian one day.  She loves swimming, learning to scuba dive, playing soccer and re...

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A Book Review of Elfhunter: A Tale of Alterra, The World That Is by C.S. Marks

Posted by Brook on February 6, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

‘Though their clothing was plain, their weapons had been made by Elven craftsmen and were of the finest quality. The blades were engraved with runes and images of warriors and huntsmen. The sheaths that held them were of worn, dark leather clad with traceries of silver. The fishermen had never seen their like, nor ever would again.’

The wood-elf, Gaelen Taldin, had deep hazel-green eyes; her chestnut hair was cropped and wild, as though w...

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Get FREE Feedback on Your Writing

Posted by Brook on January 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

To get FREE feedback on your writing - a critique of your first chapter between 1,000 and 4,000 words simply write 5 comments in the forum.  The comments don't have to be long - just 1 sentence will do.  Then send an email to [email protected] attaching your chapter.  Your email is completely confidential and your ideas will never be passed on to an...

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A Writer's Voice - The Meaning of Subtext

Posted by Brook on January 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

When we think about what a writer's voice is we might immediately think of dialect which is made up of the following components:

Accent - how words are pronounced

Vocabulary - to do with the education and time period of the author/character

Grammar - to do with the education of the author/character

We might also think ...

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A Writer's Voice - The Importance of Register and Tone

Posted by Brook on January 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Register in writing is the level of formality in the writer's voice.  The correct register will use text geared towards its audience's age and education.  In Harry Potter, there is a striking difference between the early books geared to a younger audience and the later ones geared to an older audience.  The level of language gets progressively more complicated. 

With well-placed words a writer's voice takes ...

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Short Story Competition - 21 September 2013

Posted by Brook on January 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Fancy winning £100...

and the excitement of seeing your story printed online?  Well, this September we are paying homage to Tolkien's Hobbit that was originally published in 21st September 1937.  The word count should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, written in the fantasy genre and must include one character whose name is taken from Tolkien's Hobbit.  The work should be unpublished, original and not written ...

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The Characters We Shape Ourselves

Posted by Brook on October 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

"Write what you know."


How many times have you heard that said to you?  It is a common philosophy amongst writers that you should write from experience or research.  But in order to first accomplish this task, you have to get to know yourself.  This might be hard for some people...  especially if their personalities or characteristics are undergoing change.  Perhaps they have been knocked by a tragedy to a close friend.  Years ago, they w...

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The Lord Of The Rings As An Allegory For The Conflicts We Face In Our World Today

Posted by Brook on September 30, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Many people have written about the Lord Of The Rings as an allegory for World War II and indeed, Tolkien was going through this at the time and it would make sense that this correlation be a viable one. Sauron is Hitler, the darkness in the East and we have the Allies in West. However, Tolkien was never happy about this being suggested and perhaps it is better to see it from the point of view, that this is how the book turned out as a result of the times that the author was going through, an ...

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