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How to Fix Your Novel (If It’s Too Short, Slow-Paced, or Tells Not Shows)

So you’ve completed your novel. It’s a story with a beginning, middle and satisfying end. You’ve polished the prose until it shines. However, it’s too short, or too slow-paced, or it tells rather than shows. Argh. Actually, don’t worry. This is

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Creatives! Grieve. Give support. Then get back to work. This shoe will be a long time falling.

We’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. For those of us who remotely identify with the left, tracking its trajectory is agony. Some of us need to take time out to process and grieve, and to support to our vulnerable

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Day one of Conpulsion!

A long long day. Took Kurtzhau and friend there via bus, the lads being old enough to help haul swords and bags. We went off to our separate MilSF games, then I dashed downstairs to demo swords with DDS. Short

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My Young Adult Books

I write my books for adults, but some of them are also suitable for Young Adults… Shieldwall: Barbarians! The Shieldwall series was inspired by playing Rome Total War: Barbarian Invasion. It’s an old-fashioned boy’s adventure, basically “young officer finds his feet”

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Charles Stross and I build a Sword and Planet universe and Kurtzhau (12) breaks it

“But it’s Science Fiction,” insists Charlie. He’s just handed Kurtzhau (12) a signed copy of the Atrocity Archives. “No,” I say with a laugh. “It’s Horror – or at least it is as far as the school is concerned.” A few

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How do I manage my writing time?

Writers must multi-task. Professionally, it’s a must — we’re editing one manuscript while drafting another, all the while keeping up with blogging and admin. Artistically, it’s also a must. Too long just editing and we grow stale and twitchy. Too long

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Spec for perfect Fantasy mapping tool for authors

This is a rough draft for sharing… 1 Introduction Fantasy authors, game designers and referees need a tool for creating and maintaining imaginary worlds. Since we are in the business of crafting and/or extemporising narrative, our requirements only partially overlap

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More cover art and how artists can avoid getting the armour wrong

So Cassie, who normally does pretty handcrafted things, turns out to have quite a feel for depicting mayhem and war machines! Come to the dark side… Joking aside, it’s a reminder that real artists, just like real writers, can cheerfully turn their

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You can’t pwn Science Fiction because it doesn’t exist

This weekend’s… non-events… show that, though you use smart-arse hacks to pwn an award’s nomination process, you can’t also hack its voting community. Just suppose you could, and ensure only tales about square jawed white male imperialists win prizes, or that the Hugo Awards from now on

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