The Obvious

Whether it be fiction or nonfiction, editing is crucial when it comes to writing. Not all approaches work for all mediums though. After all, you wouldn’t edit a poem the same way you’d edit an essay. …

About Marc Nash

Nash is a novelist and flash fiction extraordinaire, living and working in London, with a strong devotion to the experimental. His latest novel, Three Dreams In The Key Of G, was published by Dead Ink Books and shortlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2018. His first novel, …

Crumey is a Scottish novelist and scientist with eight published novels, his latest being The Great Chain Of Unbeing. He graduated holds a PHD in theoretical physics but currently teaches creative writing at Northumbria University

His first novel, Music in a Foreign Language, was published in 1994. In 2006 he…

Let’s face it, perfect characters are stale and boring. A truly relatable character should be flawed, with a need to grow and improve as the story evolves. Every important character you write should be original and unique. However, too many quirks can overcomplicate them and cause the reader to lose…

Worldbuilding is an important part of any story. How in depth you go is always at your own discretion, but knowing the world your story takes place in is vital for that added level of believability.

So, even if your world is set in the city you live, it’s important…

Well developed, realistic characters are the focal point of fiction today. No matter how incredible your plot or world is, if your characters are flat, one-dimensional, caricatures with no soul, then the reader isn’t going to develop that all-important emotional bond with them. Think about it, would people really read…

Creative writing doesn’t just come naturally. Much like all forms of creativity, whether it be art, music, dance, or writing, it requires lots of practice. After all, the more you do something, the better you’ll get. …

Foreshadowing is a literary device used to hint at what’s to come without revealing the story. It shows the reader that your story is not a set of random events. Instead, they will see it as a series of circumstances in which the actions of your characters have consequences. …

First, second, and third are the most common but these can be split into different types of narration depending on their usage. Further still, there are unreliable narrators, interviewers, and secret characters. All of which are valid forms of narration when it comes to storytelling.

Most articles only cover ‘the…

J.A. Palmer

J.A. Palmer is a writer who ran a creative writing website for two years and is now the joint editor of www.onedge.uk

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