Writing Brexit

Spoilers for the 2020 remake of the British version of House of Cards and Planet of the Apes. Yesterday the last episode in the long-running, popular comedy-soap BlocEnders, which has been a mainstay of British television and newspaper for forty-seven years, took place. The premise was surprisingly simple: popular British figures, chiefly politicians, played overblown…

Merry Christmas

Here at Writing Worlds, amidst all the desire for new universes and original spins on old tropes, we know that Christmas is a time for Tradition. Our Christmas present to you is all of that: a new spin on the old trope in the fine tradition of British parody, by C.S. Lewis. * And beyond…

Scheduling Shenanigans

Over the last few weeks I have been taking on various projects which have eaten into my time and energy more than I had anticipated. As a result, I am not happy with the quality of some recent posts: I try to be informative and funny, but I am not convinced I am meeting either…

Tinkering Time

Technology and I do not interface well. In fact, it is fair to say that material existence and I need to be supervised so that I do not accidentally come to harm. Much as I grouse about contemporary life, I would not have survived in the wild, or even a century ago, so no-one is…

Grammar Matters

Grammar is usually portrayed as the boring, necessary bit of language. Unwanted, unloved, it sits around like a pedant blogger, complaining about things it dislikes and expecting to be taken seriously by people who have better things to do with their lives. Woah there... Grammar is like a toolkit. A mechanic needs to know what…

Smoke and Mirrors, part 2 or ‘Unfortunate Lay’

Spoilers for Hollow Knight (computer game). Clarity in writing flows from choosing the correct word. To paraphrase both Antoine de Saint-Expuréy and Josef Pieper, you will know that you have the correct word when no other word fits its place better. Nothing says, 'I promise this won't be pretentious' like casually dropping Antoine de Saint-Expuréy…

What’s all this, then?

Welcome to the blog! Here, I hope to share what I have learned from nearly three decades of reading, listening to, and telling stories, as they appear in books, television, films, plays, computer games, and pen-and-paper RPGs, so that budding GMs and writers can learn from mistakes (mostly my mistakes) without needing to make them…