5 Clichés To Avoid In Your Fantasy Novel

Like any genre of fiction, fantasy is susceptible to a wide range of clichés. Unfortunately, it can be all too easy to fall into the trap of using repetitive, unoriginal tropes and traditions. Fantasy fiction demands certain essential elements to fit into the genre and reach the right audience – and …

On Writing And Editing Sex Scenes In Fiction

Since getting stuck into the structural edit of my novel, I've been doing a lot of reading about sex scenes in fiction. When should they be included? What makes them work? What makes them fail spectacularly? What warrants a 'Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award'? Originally, there was only one sex …

5 Essential Elements Every Fantasy Novel Needs

So you want to write a fantasy novel. You're enamoured with epic sagas from the likes of Tolkien, Martin and Rowling; you love everything about the genre, and you feel that you have your own fantasy story to tell. But this is a complicated genre to write in. While there aren't hard-and-fast rules to follow, …

Poem of the Month: ‘Memory of Trees’ by Donna Waters

This piece is part of our ongoing series 'Poem of the Month'. Every month, the Writer's Edit team selects their favourite submission and provides detailed feedback to the author. Stay tuned for an interview with Donna Waters, discussing her inspirations and literary influences. Memory of Trees by Donna Waters They …