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"A helpful book for new writers and good reminders for the more experienced." Christine Costa
"VERY useful book. Helped me to land my own book deal." Keith Croteau
Thoughts On Writing is a comprehensive collection of writing advice, writing guides, theories and ideas on the craft of storytelling and writing fiction.
Reference is made to the writing advice handed down by some of the geniuses of writing and storytelling, like Lajos Egri, Sol Stein, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb and George RR Martin.
Billing conducts his own research too, and provides the results of studies conducted on writing rules and the reasons why readers stop reading books.
This provides the structure for the book, which covers in detail the core elements of storytelling:
+ Premise and theme
+ Plotting and conflict
+ Building tension and suspense
Key aspects of writing that are rarely mentioned in other books on writing are featured too, such as world-building and writing fight scenes.
You'll find chapters dedicated to the mental challenges of writing too, such as battling doubt, maintaining focus, and building confidence.
And consideration is also given to the methods and tools that you can utilise to help you build your author platform and brand, like building a website, blogging and podcasting. You can also find advice on how to get your stories published.
Thoughts On Writing is an ideal book for those looking to learn more about storytelling and how to write stories and fiction.
And for the more experienced writer, you'll find new and unique insights and perspectives on this craft we call writing.
For more writing support and help, you can visit his website where you can gain access to writing tools, writing guides and an online writing group.
240 pages, Paperback
Published April 1, 2020
Richie Billing writes fantasy fiction, historical fiction and stories of a darker nature. His stories often explore real-world issues in fantasy lands.
His short fiction has been published by, amongst others, Kzine, Bewildering Stories, Liquid Imagination, and Far Horizons.
His debut novel, Pariah's Lament, was published by Of Metal and Magic Publishing in March 2021.
Richie hosts the podcast The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed, a venture inspired by the requests of readers of his critically-acclaimed book, A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook.
When not writing, Richie works as an editor and digital marketer and teaches creative writing both online and offline, as well as speaking at events and conventions like Fantasycon.
Most nights you can find him up into the wee hours scribbling away or watching the NBA.
Find out more at www.richiebilling.com.