Rhys

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Teacher, writer, editor, cook: a bit like that nursery rhyme, really.
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15 tips for novice writers, part 3

    15 bits of advice I wish I knew when I started writing. (Continued from part 2.) My review of Buffy Greentree’s The Five Day Writer’s Retreat set me to wondering what I could include in my own hypothetical writing guide. Part of me hates the idea of even offering this advice to other […]

15 tips for novice writers, part 2

    15 pieces of advice I wish I knew when I started writing. (Continued from part 1.) My review of Buffy Greentree’s The Five Day Writer’s Retreat set me to wondering what I could include in my own hypothetical writing guide. Part of me hates the idea of even offering this advice to other […]

15 tips for novice writers, part 1

    15 pieces of advice I wish I knew when I started writing. My review of Buffy Greentree’s The Five Day Writer’s Retreat set me to wondering what I could include in my own hypothetical writing guide. Part of me hates the idea of even offering this advice to other writers. However, if the […]

Review: The Five Day Writer’s Retreat

    The Five Day Writer’s Retreat by Buffy Greentree is a guide which promises to “rejuvenate your mind and sustain your passion” for writing. Will you stay the distance or disappear down the pub late on the second day? Every writer out there reads writing guides at some point in their journey, even if […]

Everything I know about indie publishing

    A lecture on ebook publishing I prepared for a tertiary seminar on publishing. It’s been a few months now since my last post, but this isn’t the kind of site where I promise to deliver three weekly updates, only to disappoint with the inevitable absences. Google Analytics tells me that people come here […]

Six things that terrify me as an adult, part 2

    How can writers work their adult fears into stories to help craft authentic horror narratives? (Continued from Part 1.) 4. Fundamentalism   It’s a disappointingly popular opinion that fundamentalism is the sole property of certain religions, so let’s knock that idea on the head right now. Fundamentalism is not equivalent to religion. Rather, […]

Six things that terrify me as an adult, part 1

    How can writers work their adult fears into stories to help craft authentic horror narratives?   If we follow on from the maxim ‘write what you know’ and you’re going to write horror stories, then you should write about things that scare you. Makes sense, right?   However, as I work on a […]

Five things I learned from my favourite horror films, part 2

    As writers, which successful elements from other horror narratives can we recognise and incorporate into our own works of fiction? (Continued from Part 1.)   Most of these are fairly old, but let’s issue a spoiler alert anyway. #3 The setting can be as important as any character   Killer Horizon (2008), recut […]

Five things I learned from my favourite horror films, part 1

    As writers, which successful elements from other horror narratives can we recognise and incorporate into our own works of fiction?   The theme of horror that I’ve covered over the past couple of articles continues, mainly because I’m neck deep in a young adult manuscript which features a couple of paranormal sequences. As […]

Five things that terrified me as a child

    I was working on two writing projects in the genre of children’s/young adult horror when I thought: what were the things which terrified me as a child?   #5: The dark Nyctophobia, or a fear of the dark, might be single biggest fear afflicting children. I would argue that it transcends the confines […]