Worldbuilding Challenge

If you follow us on Instagram then it's likely you've seen our Worldbuilding Quest challenges in the past and hopefully seen something about our latest iteration of it. But I wanted to take a minute to give a bit more detail about what's happening with it. Next week, beginning on Monday 26th August 2019, we'll [...]

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Episode 1.11: Worldbuilding with Food

On request, we're revisiting the subject of food in your fictional world. And we love to talk about food! In this episode, you'll hear about our own fantasy food creations, from the mathematics of a vampire's diet to lifelong obsessions with dumplings. Listen to our tips of things to consider when introducing food to your [...]

Guest Blogging at ALLi

Holly has been blogging over on the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) website, Self Publishing Advice. You can see the article all about starting an author podcast here: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/how-to-create-an-author-podcast/ ALLi members receive a number of benefits, not least being the amazing community online as well as opportunities to contribute to the blog and to their [...]

Some Words on Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is, in essence, self-doubt. A particular kind of self-doubt. Beyond saying "I'm not good enough," and "I can't do this," impostor syndrome will convince its victim that they will be found out for the fraud they are. That they are merely pretending at being what they claim to be, and that their deception [...]

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Most writers have been asked at least once where we get our ideas. There’s no one answer. But there is one truth: ideas are everywhere. The better question might be: How do I notice the ideas? Taking time every day to generate creativity is so important. Make it a habit to find ways to express [...]

Episode 1.10: Making Maps

It’s a classic expectation: a beautiful map in the front of a fantasy book. But, whether you're an expert cartographer, or your drawing skills are limited to a few squiggly lines, maps are a helpful way to stop yourself from getting lost in the world you create. Which is actually surprisingly easy. In this episode, [...]

Episode 1.9: Edge-Lit After Party

Recording together the morning after attending Edge-Lit 8, still suffering with post-convention exhaustion, we offer up our thoughts on the event. We're talking workshops and panels, networking and the need to clone ourselves multiple times. Hear our highs and lows of the day, and our biggest takeaways, all while in recovery mode, and barely coherent! [...]