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From labyrinthine museums to desolate outback mining towns. From crumbling rainforest houses to the stinking streets of Victorian London. Setting takes centre stage in all my stories. I spend a lot of time thinking setting, worrying setting, growing setting. I spend a lot of time loving setting to life. Why is it so important? For […]
As a child I often imagined I was on adventures in the wilderness without my parents in tow. My grandparents were avid David Attenborough fans and I used to watch wildlife documentaries with them before acting the scenes out: pretending I was climbing to the top of a rainforest; rescuing a pelican from a cliff […]
Let’s be honest: worldbuilding is intimidating. You’re basically creating something from scratch, and when you compare that to how wildly big and diverse our real world is, that can become a daunting task. That doesn’t mean you can’t create your own big and diverse world, however; you just need to know what elements to keep […]
Let’s say I’m writing a YA thriller, full of twists and reveals. In my next scene, the protagonist will discover a terrible secret about her past. What’s the most exciting way for this to happen? Dialogue with another character. Discovery of a physical object. Exploration of a creepy place. Mental processing leading to the revelation […]