A great article on common mistakes made by self published authors. If you are self publish or plan on self publishing then head over to The Fantasy Author’s Handbook and have a read. In fact if you consider yourself a writer then it’s worth a read full stop.

Fantasy Author's Handbook

I’ve been reading a large number of self-published books lately, acting as a judge for a contest. I’m happy to report that many of them have been quite good, most are at least mediocre, and very few are truly awful. The fact is, the same can be said of the output of any major publishing house. We live in a bell curve, one way or another.

But there are a few things I keep seeing in these passionate, even exuberant labors of love, and so this week let’s get down to brass tacks and tackle some really basic writing mistakes that tend to plague all of us at one point or another, but that we should all be on the lookout for in everything we write.

In no particular order, I give you:


Galen wondered why there were no lights coming from the castle windows. “I wonder why there…

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Mouse & Golem: The Sewers Are No Place For A Mouse


Mouse is determined to be the first rodent in the whole village to build a flying machine and escape the competition and mundane life of the other rodents. He is accompanied by Golem, a creature he created in a previous experiment who wants nothing more than to sleep and eat food , and Baron Baticus, the aristocratic Baron of the village who is already blessed with the gift of flight. Mouse is on the verge of a breakthrough which makes Golem a little nervous as he will be the one in the pilot seat.

Teaser – Chapter 1: The Sewers Are No Place For A Mouse

“Golem, this is your lunch.” Mouse handed a small paper bag to the large fellow sat beside him.

“Oh raspberries! I do love berries Mouse.” With a swift plop Golem had plucked a berry from the bag and squeezed it through his rather minute mouth. Juice bubbled down his face when the raspberry popped but he didn’t care. Golem was simply happy that he had berries.

Mouse opened his bag to reveal a large green apple that had started to go soft and mushy.

“Well, I’ve got to keep my strength up I suppose…” Mouse shut his eyes and reluctantly chewed on the mushy apple.

Golem was still merrily scoffing his face with berries and humming to himself as he squeezed yet another raspberry into his tiny mouth.

“Once you’ve finished those we need to get back to work. We only have another two carts to fill and we’ll be out of here for the day.”

“But I want to go now. We’ve already been here for hours, I need to sleep… oooo… check this out Mouse.” Golem griped a large elastic band in his hand “Weren’t you always saying we could do with more of these stretchy things?”

“Well done Golem. That’s perfect, I think that will be the last piece we need in order to fix the flying machine.”


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The Feel Of A City

An interesting read for all World Builders on building your cities. The BBC article is especially interesting.

Nicola Higgins' Fiction

When we’re writing, we need to think about the places that our characters live, work and play.  How much time to you spend thinking about the effect of buildings on the environment?  This recent article from the BBC reminded me that conditions on streets depend very much on what buildings surround them.

Skyscrapers are becoming ever more common, and many sci-fi novels contain massive cities which tower into the sky and spread for miles.  Where several large buildings are grouped together, canyons can form, with noise at street level being massively increased and wind tunnels springing into existence.  Even one skyscraper, if badly designed, can cause high speed winds from higher up to be diverted to the ground.

And that’s ignoring the long shadows and sometimes ugly car park entrances.

Fortunately, modern architects seem to be taking notice.  The Gherkin in London has an unusual shape not just to look…

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