Writing

Risking her life: Sue Parritt on Strong Female Characters

Woman silhouetted by the setting sun, standing on a hill.

Sue Parritt is an Australian science fiction author. Her first trilogy tells the tale of a futuristic Australia ravaged by climate change, and racial oppression. BELINDA: Tell us about Sannah, what makes her strong? SUE: Sensuous, emotional and dramatic, Sannah, 39, a descendant of Environmental Refugees from the drowned Pacific Islands, is the Storyteller for … Continue reading Risking her life: Sue Parritt on Strong Female Characters

Brave, Vulnerable & Scared: Felicity Banks on Strong Female Characters

Felicity Banks is the author of Heart of Brass a steampunk novel about a young women with a brass heart and a family obligation that’s interupted by a criminal conviction. BELINDA: Tell us about Emmeline, what makes her strong? FELICITY: Emmeline has been taught that her duty is to marry well, giving her family the … Continue reading Brave, Vulnerable & Scared: Felicity Banks on Strong Female Characters

The Worldbuilding Leviathan goes Spanish!

I love how many people have discovered the Worldbuilding Leviathan and I’m always quite chuffed (and just a little bit amazed) whenever someone drops me a line to tell me how useful they’ve found the template. One such person was Juan de la Cruz, who asked me if he could translate it into Spanish. I said ‘of course!’ … Continue reading The Worldbuilding Leviathan goes Spanish!

Blake Synder's Beat Sheet, with template

Best for those outling a new work. What’s awesome about it The word count for each beat What’s not-so-awesome It’s daunting, especially when your manuscript is half-written No capacity to outline subplots The awesome When I first came across Blake Synder’s Beat Sheet (BS2), I was half-way through the manuscript for Hero and the word … Continue reading Blake Synder's Beat Sheet, with template

A world-building template for when you're on the go

Patricia C. Wrede’s Fantasy World-building questions are great, and the World-building Leviathan is equally awesome, but there are times when they just don’t hit the spot. Like, when you’re halfway (or more) into your novel and you need to sort out what a battle mage can do that an illusionist can’t. Sure, you can jot … Continue reading A world-building template for when you're on the go