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EM Castellan

YA Fantasy writer, worlds builder and insatiable reader. United Kingdom

Jan
31
2013
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On Writing Unforgettable Secondary Characters – With Ianto Jones

Written by EM Castellan

How did the writers of BBC's Torchwood made us care for a minor character so much that his fictional death broke our hearts, and what can we learn from this for our own writing?

Jan
29
2013
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On being a good beta-reader or critique partner

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When giving helpful feedback on a writer's Work In Progress is just as rewarding as getting it...

Jan
4
2013
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On world building and how to avoid the “info-dump”

Written by EM Castellan

Agents and editors often reject Fantasy manuscripts because there is too much info-dump in the first pages. Here is a definition of "info-dump" and how to fix this problem...

Dec
31
2012
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The Best of 2012 - Books by Debut Authors

Written by EM Castellan

As the end of the year draws near, I look back at 2012… Here is a list of my favourite 2012 debut authors. What are yours?

Dec
6
2012
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On originality and writing a book that doesn’t already exist

Written by EM Castellan

Finding out the book you've written already exists is a crushing discovery. Here are ways to avoid it.

Nov
2
2012
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Should you really be writing that YA High Fantasy novel?

Written by EM Castellan

Have you written a High Fantasy novel for Young Adults? Have you encountered agents who tell you you’ll never sell your book? Is YA High Fantasy dying, or is it the next big thing?

Oct
17
2012
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Word count : is your Fantasy novel too long ?

Written by EM Castellan

When bestselling Epic Fantasy novels are longer than ever, why do agents and editors restrict word counts for submitting newcomers?

Sep
24
2012
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Whose story is this anyway?

Written by EM Castellan

In most stories, the viewpoint character and the main character are the same person. But it doesn’t have to be.

Sep
13
2012
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What is "Strong Writing?"

Written by EM Castellan

One of the most common reasons for agents and publishers to reject a manuscript is « weak writing ». Here are a few pointers to help you make your writing strong – or stronger.

Aug
28
2012
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What Is Gritty Epic Fantasy?

Written by EM Castellan

Gritty Epic Fantasy is a very popular subgenre nowadays... but do you know what it is?

Aug
20
2012
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What I learned at WriteOnCon

Written by EM Castellan

The online writers conference WriteOnCon was held this week: here is a list of 7 tips I learned from the conference.

Jul
16
2012
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On feedback and beta readers

Written by EM Castellan

Getting beta readers to critique your Work In Progress is a scary but necessary step in your writer's journey...

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