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Creating your own world view

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2017 by Kate Jack

As writers, we’re all aware of the need to build believable backdrops to our stories. In the case of speculative fiction, ie: science fiction or fantasy, they don’t necessarily need to be based on real places, but they do need to constructed in a way that aids the reader to suspend their disbelief. 

Personally, when I get an idea for a story, I have to decide where I want to place it before I start the plotting process. As I write YA urban fantasy, it’s obvious that the main setting has to be in a city; but what type of city: futuristic, realistic, or pure fantasy? In the case of my YA urban fantasy trilogy, The Silver Flute Trilogy, I decided to garner locations from my home town, Liverpool. The city is a fascinating mixture of the old and new, sometimes jarring, as the new stands cheek by jowl with the old, but always interesting. This jumble of architecture ignites the flames of the imagination in a way that can lead the observer along the paths of creativity, be it writing, photography, or any other creative process you care to think of.

That said, the contrast can be amazing. The more traditional parts of Liverpool take you back into the past, with cobbled streets, old terraced houses and Victorian buildings of such beauty, they take your breath away. The more modern architecture is also amazing, transposing their brilliance on their older brethren in a way that can be absolutely stunning, or annoying, depending on your point of view. Traversing the streets is a journey through time, with a rich contrast between the futuristic and the past. It’s a veritable treasure chest for a writer, pouring ideas for stories and books into the brain and creating a palette of creativity.

For me it’s a great place to seek out diverse locations for my work and is an endless source of inspiration. So, let’s all, as writers, stride out and seek new places and faces to fuel our work, and never look back.

The Silver Flute Trilogy


The flow of creativity

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , on June 12, 2017 by Kate Jack

Following on from my post, A thought for the day, I now want to explore what it feels like when a writer is filled with inspiration. Positive inspiration can be a rare feeling for a writer, for reasons already stated in the previous article. However, when inspiration does strike, it’s almost like having a high 😀 One experiences a surge of well-being and contentment, as the words pour onto the page and the world and the characters being created, begin to take shape. 

There’s no better feeling than when a wordsmith fulfils their function and creates something to share with others. Supplying readers with doorways into other worlds, allowing them to meet new people and situations, must surely be the ultimate goal of an author.

Yes, there are days when a writer feels like giving up, feeling frustrated and unappreciated, but that’s the name of the game; it’s almost unavoidable. That said, you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off – and as dispiriting as it can be – start all over again. In the end, it’s worth it.  🙂


When is a writer like a sculptor?

Posted in General with tags , , , on March 16, 2017 by Kate Jack

The answer is that every time a writer puts pen to paper, or fingers to a keyboard, they are sculpting worlds and characters. Each time a story is moulded together, its creator is sharing their vision, displaying it to the world like a fine piece of art. 

And writers are artists, but instead of marble or paint their tools are words, used to create images in a reader’s head, sparking the imagination into life and filling the brain with strange, faraway places.

From the very first word written, until the end is reached, a writer endeavours to entice, to create emotions of love, hate, fear, and above all, draw the reader in. To imbue their words with life is an author’s aim and offers a special diversion to those who seek new horizons. 


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What do you want from your writing?

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , on March 12, 2016 by Kate Jack


People have different reasons for wanting to write. Some genuinely want to share ideas, dreams and their creativity with the world; others want fame. And then there’re those who think it’s an easy way to make money.


Well, apart from a very lucky few, it’s not likely that you’ll become an overnight millionaire. And what about the other reasons: creativity and fame? Again, fame is hard to achieve, as there’s so much competition out there, all clamouring for attention. That said, persistence is the key in achieving attention for your work. However, and this is important, the way a writer goes about marketing is crucial, or one can end up gaining notoriety, rather than fame. One never demands that people read one’s work and review it, singing its praises to the skies, even if it’s a load of steaming horse manure! That way lies madness.


Of course you’ll get the odd troll rubbishing your work, but these are usually easy to tell apart from the genuine reviewers, who are just giving their honest opinion. The worst thing a writer can do is to respond to these muckrakers, as that’s exactly what they want; they take pleasure from other people’s distress. 


“Bad” reviews are upsetting, but it’s best to accept that not everyone will like your work. The important thing is not to sulk about it, but accept it as a fact of life and move on.


Last, but not least, write because you love it. Polish your work until it gleams. Share your dreams with others, and above all, enjoy it. 🙂

What drives a writer to write?

Posted in General with tags , , , , on September 14, 2014 by Kate Jack


Writers are extraordinary people, no matter what the genre. They are driven to depict worlds, impart knowledge, and create, or write about characters that are real or imaginary. But what makes them do it? What makes them want to share their work?


One answer is, ego. We all have one, no matter what our occupation is. But that aside, what else makes a writer write? Is it that our minds are so full of images and ideas that if we don’t write them down, our heads will explode? Possibly. Creativity is a powerful impulse, to ignore it is folly.


Life, for most of us, would be so dull without it. It takes away greyness and replaces it with colour. It helps to transcend mundanity and widen horizons, leads to new vistas, and all the thrills and spills that entails.


So long live creativity, may it ever continue to reign 😀


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How does it feel when you know your book’s turned…

Posted in General with tags , , , , on December 10, 2012 by Kate Jack


…from a frog into a prince?

You get an all enveloping, wonderful glow of success, as inspiration flows and for once is in plentiful supply. When the rough shape of the words develop into a story well worth reading and you know, just know that what you’ve written is worth its weight in gold.

That feeling, as all writers know, is rare indeed, but when it happens – oh boy! It’s like being on top of the world and reaching the pinnacle of creativity.

There’s nothing quite like it.

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From summer to winter, a writer’s journey.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2012 by Kate Jack

So summer has gone, not that it was ever really here, and we enter the hallowed vales of autumn once again. Do the seasons affect the way we write?

For example, in spring are our scribblings full of fresh new ideas, filled with the joy of creativity? Does summer bring fiery passion and adventures new? With the arrival of autumn do our ideas bear fruit, bringing forth a wealth of abundance?

And what does winter bring, apart from the inevitable dark days and cold? Perhaps the crystallization of all our imaginings, bringing them together into a whole, ready to send out into the cold, hard world to sink or swim, rise or fall. 

Only time will tell.


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