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Welcome to a whole page of literature-related writing. Here you’ll find help and advice on how to create your own stories as well as articles about our own work, other people’s and other novel-related stuff we feel like writing.

Research

Research A.P. Atkinson A question that’s asked a lot is about the nature of research, and whether or not you need to do it. To me it seems rather obvious. It’s like eating a spicy curry and sitting on a yellow velvet sofa the next morning. Your stomach is growling at you so loudly that …

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Pen Names?

Should I use a Pen-Name? A.P. Atkinson One of the many questions asked on forums, and one that is rarely properly answered, is about whether or not an author should use a pen-name. The reason this question is so poorly dealt with is that its an extremely personal thing and the answer varies for each …

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Why do we Write?

Why do we Write? Seth Godwynn Novels come in all shapes and sizes, and from every corner of the mostly cornerless globe. It’s easy to look down our noses at cliché-ridden tripe filled with vampires, weird sexual fetishes, or any other flash-in-the-pan genre that was popular before, but hasn’t quite fizzled out yet. We might …

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Themes

Themes What they are and how not to kill your story with them A.P. Atkinson For some reason, people generally tend to be very bad at spotting themes. Although it involves complex abstract philosophical concepts, these are in essence just simple basic ideas that resonate with all human beings at some level. For this reason, …

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Glossary

Glossary Seth Godwynn A writer must know many things, apart from how to write. In order to show off at parties, if you ever get invited to any, you will need to be able to drop some of these words into conversations. Luckily some of these are so obscure or overcomplicated that nobody else will …

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People Don’t Read Anymore!

People Don’t Read Anymore! A.P. Atkinson One of the biggest complaints we hear today is how people don’t read books anymore. It’s a growing concern, and it’s one of the most serious issues facing the publishing industry and authors today. But, is it a fair criticism? Does it even make the slightest sense? The world …

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Show or Tell?

Show or Tell Seth Godwynn When it comes to writing, there’s one convention that generally holds true. It’s common wisdom that you should show and not tell. Of course sometimes you have to tell, but as sweeping generalisations go, this one does make rather a lot of sense. Telling is when the author, the narrator …

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How to Create a Book Title

How to Create a Book Title A.P. Atkinson A lot of people wonder how to come up with a title for their novel. It’s not like the names of a character, where you can just go online and look for names and check out the meanings behind them. Titles are largely unique and there’s no …

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