| 2017
  • exchange of ideas
    Opinion

    You can’t own an idea

    Why is it that we writers are so prone to the thinking that we own an idea? For some reason that is lost on me, writers seem to be particularly prone to worrying about people stealing their ideas. There may be bragging rights for being the first person to do something. Should that necessarily mean that…

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  • war
    Storytelling

    The five types of antagonist

    In a story, there are five types of antagonist. Only one of those is what you would consider a “bad guy” in any way. A story without conflict is not interesting but did you know that there are four other ways to bring conflict other than by having a villain? I made mention of this on…

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  • Thanet Creative

    Pitch us your ideas

    Thanet Creative is run by our community. The same can be said of this blog.  We accept submissions for one-off articles but invite you to join as a regular or irregular contributor. In the past, we have put out lists of suggested topics but this has not been hugely successful. So rather than restricting your…

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  • Getting Published

    The Business of Writing

    This post is about the business of writing because writing is a business. I’m going to do my best to look at the numbers of publishing. Author Buzz UK talked about the shocking truth of author earnings earlier this year. In that Routes to publishing There are two routes you can go down when seeking…

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  • magic unicorn
    World Building

    Brandon Sanderson’s rules of magic

    Do magic systems in fiction need rules? I don’t know. But I do know that Brandon Sanderson, an author that has written a lot of books, has three (four) rules for how to write magic. What is magic? Magic is whatever awesome or unusual stuff you have invented for your story. By this definition, the made-up…

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  • Boat
    World Building

    Writing a sense of place according to the Internet

    I have to confess that I struggle with creating a vivid sense of place sometimes. Usually when the setting is relatively mundane – some town, some house, someone’s back garden. To help me overcome this weakness, I’ve looked at what the Internet has to say about creating a vivid world. Focus on specific details said the Scottish…

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  • Events

    NaNoWriMo meet up – Margate

    Thanet Creative was planning to organise a NaNoWriMo meet up but then I noticed that there was already one taking place in Margate. Some wonderful person (Christie Drozdowski) has arranged for a write-in every Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm at Bernie’s Chocolate Bar. I shall be taking my ancient laptop (maybe) and attempting to…

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  • technobabble
    Over to you

    Technobabble: Good or bad?

    Now we are in the window of crazy writing called NaNoWriMo, I thought I would take a quick look at a topic I have been abusing for comic effect – technobabble. What is technobabble? Technobabble is generally the bashing about of likely sounding science words to explain something that either you do not understand or that you…

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  • writing
    Competitions

    NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, are you ready?

    NaNoWriMo, the month of novel writing, starts tomorrow. Are you ready? Me? Not at all. I have the barest of bare-bones plans. That could have something to do with all the DIY that has been going on in my home. The current phase culminates today with a Writer’s Tea and chat (and food) to which everyone…

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NaNoWriMo30th November 2017
It's all over for another year. Time to think about editing.

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