7 Key Elements To Include In Your First Chapter

The importance of your novel's first chapter cannot be underestimated. It's the chapter that introduces your book to the world – the chapter that needs to draw in agents and publishers and readers alike. (No pressure or anything!) Unfortunately, there's no predetermined formula for a perfect first chapter. Every story …

How To Get Started As A Freelance Editor

There are countless avenues for careers in the freelancing world. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. How do you get your foot in the door? How do you get enough experience? If you’re interested in becoming a freelance editor, you’ll need to establish yourself as a professional with plenty …

How To Use All 5 Senses To Unlock Your Fictional World

'Write with all five senses' is a brilliant rule for working on description; but how familiar are you with each? Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are five simple details that help make your fictional world come to life. The beginning of human knowledge is through the senses, and the fiction writer begins where human …

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 …