Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

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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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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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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Magical Thinking

What is magical thinking? Here’s how to use magical thinking in your fiction…

What you can do better in 2021

You already know better, but can you do better? That’s the question for the New Year. The clean slate that January provides allows an author some mindspace to put all the knowledge into practice. But how will you do it?  I suggest you join the dots… A dot connection puzzle is a group of numbered …

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Folklore and fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kit-bag. Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there’s weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too, plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables …

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Having returned from the helpful & inspiring Writers Conference in Nottingham and the Fifth Self-Publishing Conference in Leicester, I feel it’s my duty to list Six Reasons Why (I think) New Indie Authors Fail: 1: They haven’t adopted a Workaday Mentality This is about failing to work to deadlines and not setting themselves SMART objectives. …

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