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A writer’s pennies from heaven

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne I was out for the day, walking by the river Nidd in the old market town of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. Under a blue sky, the river was rippling and gleaming, reflecting the diversity and eccentricity … Continue reading

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What makes Roald Dahl such a successful children’s writer?

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne Popular since he started writing for children and still popular after his death with his work now turned into a franchise, what is it that still makes Roald Dahl so successful? Many people completely underestimate … Continue reading

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Part 2: Why the study of history is relevant for the fantasy writer: creating a blueprint from the historical drama.

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne This is a follow on from the post Why the study of history is relevant for the fantasy writer. It should not be read before that one. Below is a very brief account of a … Continue reading

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Part 1: Why the study of history is relevant for the fantasy writer

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne The past is a strange land Over the last five hundred years, we have had social, cultural and economic changes on a large and continuous scale in the western world, spurred on by massive and … Continue reading

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Tolkien’s the Hobbit shows what is meant by original genre fiction.

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne Derivative fiction is fiction that in content and style reads very similar to other such types of stories. Nothing about it really sticks out. An original story will have something that makes it different, even … Continue reading

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Who best to critique your work?

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne This post may be of interest to those looking for someone to critique their first or second unpublished novel. At some point, a writer will look for someone to critique their work. Whoever you find … Continue reading

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How to develop an original fantasy idea

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne In this post, I show you how I developed an original fantasy idea for novels for the middle child reader, though the techniques work just as well for fantasy aimed at older readers.  Because of … Continue reading

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Where do you get your ideas for your stories?

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne Like so many storytellers this is a question I’ve been asked a lot. And it’s a question I don’t generally take seriously because ideas come easily and often from so little that I never think … Continue reading

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Exercises for sparking up character in the short story

Copyright © 2011 Jerry Dunne This post is a follow-on from the post Sparking Up Character In The Short Story. http://is.gd/HTd7je So now we know we need to find the attitude of the character as related to the idea and … Continue reading

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Sparking up character in the short story

Copyright © 2011 Jerry Dunne It’s difficult enough to bring character to life in a novel, but a short story offers an even trickier challenge. Many writers need time to build their character and give it energy. They can’t just … Continue reading

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