A Primer on Politics for Writers: the Board (Pt 1)

So, last time on this metaphor Winston Churchill would disapprove deeply of, we talked about the stakes in the game of politics: the getting and keeping of political power. Politics is the art of the possible. – Otto von Bismarck So, how is the board set out? What structures and

A Primer on Politics for Writers: the Game

So I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy novels lately and beefing about the lack of nuance in the way that characters navigate the political systems of the world, and the way that politics and power are used in the plot. Then I thought to myself: self, you are a

NaNoWriMo: a retrospective, part IV

Previously on “NaNoWriMo: A Retrospective”: I discover that being literary is not really my forté. 2012 – Tantantara! Tzing! Boom! Or, when I jumped the shark.

NaNoWriMo: a retrospective, part III

Previously on “NaNoWriMo: A Retrospective”: I spend two very satisfying years writing excessively serious low fantasy and killing all my characters. 2011 – Steadfast Or, how I wrote myself into a corner by trying to be “literary”.

NaNoWriMo: a retrospective, part II

Previously on “NaNoWriMo: A Retrospective”: attempting to cut corners doesn’t really pay off. 2009 and 2010 – Halfblood Pts I and II Or, writing your darlings.

NaNoWriMo: a retrospective, part I

NaNoWriMo. 30 days of novelling madness. NaNoWriMo and I have been going out for five years – this is me! I’d been writing for a while – dabbling in original fiction, followed by a reasonably prolific fanfiction career. I was drifting out of fandom and wanting to go back to

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