Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

Pleasure in Reading

As a fantasy author you’ll want to deliver your readers lots of amusement & satisfaction. But what makes a book a pleasure to read? What makes a story pleasurable? Add a few of these ingredients and you are sure to delight your audience: “Get the reader to make emotional connections with your characters…” Encourage reader …

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Fear Eyes

Here’s how to write something really scary… Part One: collect, interpret and organize experiences: Collect sensory data from all your characters: stuff paragraphs with sensory detail i.e. imagery,  sights, sounds, tastes, touch sensations, smells Interpret this sensory detail to maximise anxiety, i.e. icy gravestones, bat wings flapping, darkly swirling clouds, outrageous scents, vile flavours, goose …

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Book Covers

Unless you’re a seasoned graphic designer and not only that but also an expert in book-cover design, I recommend, right away, that you don’t even consider designing your own cover. Yes, I know it will be faster & cheaper to do it yourself, but you will pay dearly in the long run. Dearly! The cover …

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mind stretch

A marathon runner doesn’t merely put on her shoes and run 26 miles… a marathon runner takes time to warm up — she does “stretches” and probably scoffs a banana and sips water before she sets out on her endurance event. She checks her laces are tight and that she has all her gear with …

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Death of Prince Consort

Death dealing is our #1 form of light entertainment We’re not being entertained by the thought of confronting death. Nor are we entertained by the idea of coping with death. Or handling death. Or overcoming death. Not even about caring for those who suffered the consequences of death… no, as a species we care little …

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Senses

Here’s how to “think up” new exotic senses for your fantasy characters…

What is the fluxus?

There’s nothing bonkers or avante-garde, or revolutionary about the fluxus… it’s just about blurring boundaries between art forms…

antholoxia

Before this global emergency I regularly attended author’s conferences, seminars and workshops aimed at creative writers and author-entrepreneurs. These events were great places to mingle with like-minded people, to learn “tricks of the trade” and to get oneself rejuvenated and revitalized. I always returned home “from conference” feeling recommitted, re-engaged and reawakened.  At many of …

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Is This Dystopia?

A few days ago, citizens here in England were getting heated and angered by a group of young people who were simply playing in the snow. Well, I say group, but it was several hundred of them, and they outnumbered the police persons who were sent to grab them, about twenty to one. What had …

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a spurious eurocentric medieval age

Once upon a time… Three jaded words that should upset any fantasy author worth her salt… It implies that the writer is fixing the events of a story in an imperfect & illusory moment in history. A time that is indefinable but, in some unspecified way, oddly familiar to us. If you were a gambler, …

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