How to Write Rich and Vivid Settings

Everyone enjoys a rich, vivid story—but do you know how to paint such a beautiful and immersion tale? It comes down to descriptions, characters, and dialog—to name a few. Here’s an article from a fellow blogger who discusses how to get started and paint the world of your dreams. Enjoy.

Lorraine Ambers

The setting of your novel is just as important as character development and dialogue. It needs to accurately reflect the period or define the world-building making it as vibrating and sensory as possible. It’s much more than painting a picture, its a fine art of evoking the five senses to bring the story alive, immersing the reader into the world you’ve created.

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Whilst it’s tempting to fill your pages with purple prose and lengthy descriptions, be mindful that those approaches tend to bog a story down. Foreshadowing is a great tool that allows the writer to drip feed upcoming events; a carefully placed dagger might elude to a murder or a broken lock might reveal how a derelict house is broken into. However, relevance is vital, if that dagger isn’t going to be used to drive the plot forward don’t use it for the sake of embellishing a scene. Aside…

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Value Your Writing

How do we view our creative work? What is the value of a painting or a novel? Here’s an interesting perspective from a fellow blogger—be sure to check her out.

I’ll have more blog posts to come in the future. Stay tuned and never stop dreaming and believing. Cheers.

(I’m looking for beta readers in my app here. Click it and read about my ebook if you’re interested. My book cover has a green gem on the cover, titled Ethereal Seals: Dragonsblade. Thanks.)

Evie Gaughan

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I was watching a documentary about Christie’s Auction House the other day (more unexpected research!) when they took delivery of a beautiful Constable painting. Three specialists inspected the piece, oohing and aahing over the quick brush strokes and immensity of the sky. Then came the real deliberations… how much was it worth? As they debated over how many tens of millions it might fetch, the documentary maker asked them how they arrived at such a price (£20 million). The specialists said that the price was based on how much previous Constable paintings sold for and how much buyers would be prepared to pay. It was staggering to me – it wasn’t so much to do with the actual artwork itself, but how the art world chose to value it. The artist is long gone and even if he were alive today, could not profit from…

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Make Powerful Intentions and Reach your Goals

Happy New Year, everyone! 2018 was a blast for me, and I can safely say my manuscript has come a long way in this past year alone. I joined a local writer’s group and found more beta readers. Several editing passes have changed my book in magnificent ways. I also co-published some poetry in an ebook. 😀

My goals for this year are to find more beta readers, meet an agent, and save up enough money for an editor. The first book of Ethereal Seals should be published sometime early next year—if I’m lucky, haha. Worst comes to worst, I may self-publish, but getting more beta readers and an editor would help. We’ll see where life takes me, but I’m remaining optimistic—there’s no reason not to.

Anyway, here’s a post from a fellow blogger.; she talks about 2019 and how to hone our creative abilities. I hope you find her post as inspiring as I did. Cheers—and enjoy the new year. 🙂

Lorraine Ambers

Happy New Year!

Hello, my wonderful blogging community, fellow writers and avid readers.

I make vague resolutions at best, that evolve my aspirations into intentions and goals. And the reason why I’m not so hot for resolutions, is because they’re as fragile as glass. Treated like promises, that ultimately shatter into a million fragments and scatter to the wind. Never to be recovered, or fulfilled – leaving only bitter disappointment. It’s how I imagine Cinderella felt, a rich world of wishes and dreams at her fingertips only to vanish at that notorious strike of midnight.

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Instead I promise to honour myself with love and care. To grow in new ways that allow for my writing journey to unfold.  Whatever will be, will be… helped along by my hard work and determination.

Even though I’ve taken a couple of weeks away from blogging, I’ve loved reading everyone’s reflections about last year…

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The Importance of Premise

They say we put a fraction of ourselves inside each character, a story of our lives with each plot element. Who’s to say the premise isn’t a reflection of our souls? Writing may be a more spiritual activity than we believe. Just a thought.

Anyway, here’s an excellent article from a fellow blogger of mine. His article examines premise in a manuscript and how it helps drive characters and plot.

Glad to have you back with us, Rich. Cheers.

Richie Billing

It’s interesting how attitudes change. When I first began writing I viewed plot as the most important element of a story. If characters live a static existence, then what’s the point? The more time I invested in improving my writing, I realised the error of my ways. Character is, in fact, king. It’s their conflicts, their struggles, their journeys that glue hands to books and eyes to pages.

But I was wrong again. The element that presides over all is something I never paid much attention to, something I rather hoped emerged from my stories rather than weaved it into their fibre. The king of kings, the emperor, the god, is premise.



Yeah, premise. AKA theme, goal, purpose, central idea, thesis … I could go on. None of these words really encapsulate the meaning quite like premise, though.


It’s the second definition which I think suits the writer best:

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Wisdom for Writers from Einstein

A thoughtful and inspiring article from a fellow blogger. Cheers.

Lorraine Ambers

Taking inspiration from every available source is in our best interest as writers. And Einstein’s view of the world is a great place to start. Let’s take a closer look at some of my favourite quotes and how we can apply them.

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

By creating new and innovative worlds we can reflect upon our own reality and lift it to new heights. Never take for granted the powerful gift we writers have, to use the knowledge that surrounds us and expand our reader’s consciousness through empathy for all characters and their circumstances.

When outlining plot and character arcs, remember Einstein’s advice: The chaos created, will need a different way of thinking, a more positive action to return the story to a harmonious outcome.

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Time to Write and Not Procrastinate

A commitment to writing is important for a writer. Check out this helpful post from a fellow blogger. Cheers.

Lorraine Ambers

?We know that daily writing goals and being proactive creates a great forwards momentum for our novels. Yet putting that into practice can sometimes feel like a mountain to overcome and before we know it, writing has turned from a wonderful pastime, into a herculean beast that we can’t face. Then even if we find time to write, procrastination takes over.

Suddenly, writing time has evaporated into a missed opportunity.

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Today I’m sharing my productivity tips in the hopes that they resonate with you:

Let’s do this!!!

Set intentions

There’s no point in half-heartedly thinking; I’ll try to write today. No. Make it a definite intention: A promise to yourself. And keep it. I set mine the night before, listing the top 3 things I intend to achieve the next day and allocate the time for those things to happen.

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Plotting: The Crucible

A helpful post on plotting and character/conflict relations. Cheers.

Richie Billing

The crucible is one of the simplest and most effective plotting tools. At its core is the relationship between the protagonist and the antagonist. The conflict they share spawns plot. It illustrates wonderfully the interwoven relationship enjoyed between character and plot.

What is a crucible?

A crucible is an environment—emotional, physical, mental—that bonds two people, often taking the form of a relationship or location.

Moses Malevinsky in The Science of Playwriting (1925), said the crucible is ‘the pot, or the furnace, in which the drama is boiled, baked, stewed, or hibernated’. It is, he says, ‘one of the most important elements of [a drama’s] organic structure’.

06833.jpgJames N. Frey defines it as ‘the container that holds the characters together as things heat up; the bond that keeps them in conflict with one another.’

Without a crucible to contain the characters there can be no conflict, and without conflict, there is…

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Positive Quotes: Create your Destiny.

Here are some inspiring quotes from a fellow blogger. Enjoy. 🙂

Lorraine Ambers

Every creator needs inspiration, a muse, a way of seeing the world around them. This week we’re taking a look inside the mind of a writer, This Writerpoints a finger at her chest, to discover the journey of Creating your Destiny. Do you identify with any of the following 5 quotes? If so, what do they mean for you? Enjoy!

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The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath

From the outset there’ll be a Wicked Gremlin whispering all of your faults to you. And to be able to create you must learn to silence or at least ignore that pesky Gremlin. Set aside your self-doubt and begin.

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. ~Erich Fromm

Letting go of that Gremlin requires courage. There are million and one reasons why you haven’t started, or shouldn’t carry on…

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The Essence of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Another guest post I wrote on a fantastic blog. This article focuses on what Science Fiction and Fantasy are, the differences between the two, and the myriad concepts involved. Have a read. Thanks. 🙂

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Richie Billing

Today I present a guest post by Ed White, writer of fantasy and science fiction. It’s these two genres that his article focuses on, discussing their origins, their very essence, and, as Ed puts it, ‘the legion’ of sub-genres that have developed to make these genres two of the most exciting, inspirational and forward-thinking of all. Thank you, Ed!

About Ed White

Ed White is a writer of creative and visionary fiction from the North East. He enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, and meditation. White is an organic and sustainable living enthusiast. His passion is empowering others in life, whether through volunteering, tutoring, or his written works.

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The Origins of the Genres

The term science fiction (SF) is rather obscure. The definitions vary, but most sources agree that SF alludes to humanity (or some other race) encountering change, usually through technological means. SF…

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Dream Big and Don’t Hold You Back

Another inspiring article for writers. Have a read. Cheers. 🙂

Lorraine Ambers

When I started on my journey as a writer, I never imagined I’d be where I am today. I have two complete manuscripts; I have made great friends with some amazing bloggers, critique partners and fellow creative writers. I’ve watched them grow and flourish, just as I have.

Becoming a writer was a challenge for me. I had to channel my daydreaming energy into something tangible. I needed to focus and direct my energy into what I wanted most.

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I’m not the first, or last to be daunted by trying something new. To move away from the comfort of their current position and pursue a passion. To push themselves to achieve more. It’s scary starting out!

I had to overcome my negative thought patterns and self-doubt.

  • Where would I find the time?
  • Family comes first – I’m being selfish.
  • What if I’m not good enough?
  • What if I fail?


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