One of my favourite genres to read is children’s fantasy fiction. It’s easy and quick to get into and thoroughly entertaining. Some might call it escapist literature and they’d be right. There’s nothing better than escaping into a good book, whatever the genre or literary status, so why does the term ‘escapist fiction’ have such…

As a fantasy writer, worldbuilding to me is a performance in three acts: building, creating a sense of authenticity, then expositing. The world must first be imagined and developed, then I must find ways to make the reader believe in it, and finally I must impart it to the reader through exposition. This is the…

ONE of the lovely things about writing romance is creating intense, intimate scenes (not just the steamy bits!) where characters reveal their souls. I love writing those scenes. However, a couple taking the journey into love inevitably also belong to families and societies. To my regret, frequently those other people enter the story. Even more to…

GENRE is dead, long live genre: a paradox as pertinent to fiction in 2010 as ‘progressive conservatism’ is in today’s politics. Both are non-sequiturs sporting similar bad comb-overs that smack of existential angst. It’s not that the reading public has abandoned their appetite for ‘good stories, told well’ but that cut-throat marketing toughs would have authors…

WHENEVER I teach worldbuilding in creative writing classes, I start with two essentials: character, and maps. Character, because all writing starts with character for me. I have a tendency to do my worldbuilding on the fly, creating the ground under the feet of my characters after they’ve already started walking. Maps, because everyone likes to play…

IF there’s one thing I learned from writing the Detective Ella Marconi crime series, it’s that the characters and the crime together make up the heart of the work. The characters are the reader’s gateway into the story world. It’s through the character that your reader experiences the story, so if you do your job right…

We talked to award-winning author, Marianne de Pierres about starting out, worldbuilding and her tips for aspiring and emerging writers. Want more? Marianne is speaking at Transmedia Storytelling in Brisbane on Thursday 20 August. For more information, visit bit.ly/transmedia-brisbane.

Check out the first part of How to Build a Romance on plot and story here. Dissecting your hero, heroine, and their relationship. Who is this person and what do they want? What makes them interesting and unique? Are they likeable? Why should your reader care about them? Would you want to be friends/in a relationship with…

DO you appreciate a whole lot of action in your story, but also want an emotionally uplifting ending? Do you love writing a tense scene with impossibly high stakes that you know is going to force your characters into a life-changing decision? So do I and that’s why I write Romantic Suspense, a ‘two for the…

“Anyone who tells you there’s a right way to write is a lying bitch.” – Nora Roberts   The general definition of Romance as a genre is a story where the development of a romantic relationship is the central plotline and a happy ending is ensured. Many people disparage romance’s addiction to the Happy Ever…

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