Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

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What is the hierarchy of a novel and why is it necessary to get it properly organized before typing?

If you are presently preparing a fantasy adventure for this year’s NaNoWriMo novel writing challenge, could I encourage you to consider shifting the fashionable tropes of fantasy and flipping those worn out old stereotypes? For instance, why do wizards have to be enlightened old men? Why wise, why old, and most important, why male?  Why …

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1: Creativity is commonplace and easy Prehistoric humans simply sought to survive. Just existing used-up all of their time and effort. They weren’t squatting in dark caves scribbling on the walls or building monoliths all the time! Oh no, mostly they were hunting, fishing, gathering, stalking, etc. you get the idea. When they applied their …

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I’m thrilled to chat with Dr Kristy Sumner of Soul Sisters Paranormal. Kristy is a qualified paranormal investigator.

Hero means “protector” or “defender” so the first thing to establish (in your mind) is what your heroic character will be required to protect or defend in your story. Without this approach, your champion protagonist has no role in the narrative! So deal with this first: Who or what needs to be defended? (deserves preserving, …

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This a moment of balance… where darkness has yet to replace light… and cold has yet to replace warmth…

Collective memory is the bigger and more powerful brother of folk memory and it helps explain faith and belief and a host of glorious mythologies, but collective memory (as a shared set of memories) can also help safeguard & nurture a species whose members can instantaneously & reflectively connect and synchronise with each other. We …

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“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” Virginia Woolf. When I was a nightclub entertainer in the 1970s (yes, another of my less than healthy occupations) we organised “spot prizes” and handed out bottles of liquor …

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Hi listeners, readers and authors! I’m overjoyed to be celebrating 100 episodes of Myth & Magic and I thank each and every one of nearly 6,000 listeners who have tuned-in! We reach Episode 100 on Wednesday 22 September… hip-hip hooray! Don’t forget, the show goes out every Wednesday. As part of this week’s centennial festivities …

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