I am pleased to announce a new forum for writers who still have questions about the nuts and bolts of writing.
Writer Help – A QnA for Aspiring Authors is the place to go and ask questions about writing and get feedback from other writers and authors.
Matthew Brown replied to the topic How do you make an out of character moment believable? in the forum Writer Help – a QnA for aspiring authors 1 month, 2 weeks ago
I am so glad that someone asked this question, Bob (cool name by the way). This question is really about one of my favourite topics, the cycle of choice.
What you are trying to do is steer the reader through a process of a character making a choice that is unexpected. This process has four steps.
Out of…[Read more]
Backstory writing is a great tool for you the writer. However, the backstory is not the story you are telling. The current story is.
You have done the right thing by starting with the action. That is a great way to start a story. Not the only way but a dependable way to get the ball rolling.
When it comes to showing your homework, that is giving…[Read more]
I am currently working on a report called “Social Media Master Plan for Writers and Authors” which will help you to learn how to promote your books on social media without appearing desperate.
The report will b […]
Have you ever heard of this thing called an author platform? It is supposed to sell books, right.
The dream of being an author is highly compelling for us writers. We spend hours and weeks and years writing our […]
I don’t know about you but writers that write about themselves all the time really turn me off. I am trying my best not to do that. Instead, I’d like to share some other blogs that are worth your time.
Everything should be working again but I managed to break everything quite badly today.
First I installed a new plugin which ended up causes a network-wide server error. I then disabled all plugins which was a […]
Matthew Brown replied to the topic Thinking of making a community/dev maintained profile for Sir Terry Pratchett in the forum General Chat 1 month, 3 weeks ago
There is a knife edge difference at the border between scary and hilarious. Understanding this difference – and the fact that comedy and horror are essentially the same skills – will make you a better […]
In case you thought we had all upped sticks and vanished without a trace. Here is a general update on Author Buzz.
The focus of the team has of late been divided into two broadly equal categories. […]
Sometimes I like to write scary stories. Usually, they are pretty short.
Rather than start a new “story” each time I want to share a short I have created a new collection called “Anthology of Madness”. Most of […]
This story was first written for an online writing competition. While it didn’t win, it did receive some high praise and one writer (from America) was very enthusiastic about adapting it as a short […]
Over the years I have written some pretty odd short stories. Most of them have a slightly scary twist.
The first story, for example, “When it Stops” – that was written for an online competition. I’ve given it […]
While I have not deliberately attempted to follow Propp’s Functions of Folktales as a pattern, nevertheless Legend does fit it very well (but not perfectly).
Russian formalist Vladimir Propp described (somewhat […]
Matthew Brown started the topic Everything you need to know about Self-Publishing – A series in the forum General Chat 2 months, 1 week ago
I am working on a series of posts for the site on the subject of Self-Publishing.
I am very keen to speak with anyone who has self-published.
Yesterday I stumbled upon the following headline – “Dustbin man builds free library of thrown away books”.
According to the BBC:
A dustbin man in Bogota in Colombia, who never studied further than primary […]
After something of a long break, which is entirely down to me being distracted, I have published chapter 6 of Legend.
The chapter has been ready since before chapter 5 was released and yet, life, and stuff. In […]
Like many dark paths, Malial’s started with light and hope. Of course, in his case, the light was coming from glowing undersea plants but, nevertheless, my previous statement still stands.
Malial (in the form o […]
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