Writing Craft

Analysing the Tale of the Twisted Claw
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‘Be careful what you wish for – you might just get it!’ Analysing S01E04 ‘The Tale of the Twisted Claw‘ Let’s get started! Here’s an embedded video from the official Are…

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An introduction to writing space opera for children and teens
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Umm, what is this ‘space opera’ of which you speak? You probably hear the genre title ‘space opera’ and think huh? What on earth is that? Well, they’re not set…

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Want to read more middle grade horror? Start here! 2021 edition
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Maybe you write horror for adults and want to dip your toe into the middle grade pool. Maybe you write realistic fiction for kids and want to try your hand…

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MG & YA rebels: Ask yourself why you’re going against the grain
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I talk to lots of middle grade and YA authors who feel really deflated when I suggest their main character might be a little too old or young for the…

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How music can improve your writing and deepen your children’s story
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Do you listen to music while you write? I absolutely cannot write, read, work, think, basically live my life in silence; I’m one of those people that turns the TV…

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Book in the Spotlight: All the Tides of Fate
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Fantasy adventure…

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Writing prompt lucky dip #2
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In the last post I introduced my middle grade and YA writing lucky dip, where I offer up four ingredients for you to mix up in your cauldron and turn…

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Book in the Spotlight: The Game Weavers
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The following was originally published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Dystopian fantasy Authors…

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Book in the Spotlight: The Winter Duke
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Fantasy Read…

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Book in the Spotlight: The Midnight Lie
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This is an edited version of my review published by the fabulous British Fantasy Society earlier this year, for whom I regularly review middle grade and YA fantasy novels. Audience: YA Genre: Fantasy Authors…

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