Month: August 2015

August 28, 2015 / Writing


Magic is one of the foundations of the Fantasy genre. From the subtle manipulation of butterflies in the Lord of the Rings to the epic showdown in Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows (part 2, for movie-go-ers). But not all magic is created equal. Let’s have a look at the different functions of magic in stories.

August 21, 2015 / Writing


Plot and character go together like a horse and carriage. Okay, that isn’t the original Frank Sinatra song, but plot and character do combine to form something greater than their parts. The way plot and character interact is very important to storytelling, and if done badly, leads to terrible stories.

August 14, 2015 / Writing


You play role-playing games? Like the video games?’ I’ve been asked this a lot, or the even worse, ‘That’s what you do in the bedroom, right?’ I’ve been playing role-playing games for twenty years now and had this a lot. How do you explain a role-playing game to people without them thinking you’re acting out scenes from Fifty Shades of Grey? Or, alternatively, if you’ve never heard of role-playing games, what the hell am I talking about? Read on and find out.

August 7, 2015 / Smells


When we write we want to be precise. However, using a lot of adverbs does not make your writing precise, it makes it weak. This is important to be aware of, even if you only write e-mails to friends. So, today, in the series of writing smells, adverb fever.