In Which I Give The New Kobo Aura A Try, And Make A Surprising Discovery

As an early ereader convert, I have long been a fierce advocate of my Kindle. Without question, my Kindle (who I fondly named ‘Bernard’) has served me well over the years. I have never, not even once, had a problem with Bernard the Kindle.
But I’m afraid that the arrival of the new Kobo Aura, has made me seriously question my unrelenting fidelity to Bernard the Kindle.
Now, to be fair, Bernard is a Kindle 3 (which I believe is now referred to as ‘Kindle Keyboard’, so this is hardly a comparison of equals. However, I was so utterly blown away by the new Kobo, that I don’t really care.

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3 Tips For Writing Convincing Villains

3 Tips For Writing Convincing Villains

Antagonists are an essential aspect of good storytelling. Every narrative needs some sort of obstacle for the protagonist to overcome, and antagonists can provide this obstruction. In fiction, and particularly in fantasy writing, the antagonist often takes the form of a nefarious (what a wonderful word!) villain. Here are three things I like to keep in mind, when I create villains:

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Suspending Your Reader’s Disbelief

As a fiction writer, and one who dwells primarily in the fantasy/sci-fi realm, one of the most important aspects of my story telling is suspending the disbelief of my readers. It is essential that I create a world which is very different from the ‘real world’, but that is still completely believable to my readers. Here are several things I like to keep in mind:

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