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Writer of dark fantasy & Gothic horror. Blogger of weird myths and folklore.

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Should you boost the role of minor characters?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 29, 2016

Should you boost the roles of minor characters?

Most people watch the guitarist or the singer at a live gig. The drummer, and often the bassist, get a lot less love. They’re a lot like the minor characters in your stories. They’re important to the plot, but not the stars of the show. This is post 3 in my series based on the serialisation…

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5 things an editor wants fiction writers to think about

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 29, 2016

5 things an editor wants writers to think about

Editors can sometimes get a bad rap among writers. After all, no writer wants to be told their precious book baby needs work! But working with an editor can be an educational experience, so I asked my own editor, the wonderful Nerine Dorman, a few questions! Find out how writers can get the most out of…

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is food important to your character design?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 26, 2016

Is food important to your character design?

Food is an important part of human activity. You might be breaking bread with a former enemy, enjoying a meal with old friends, or scrabbling to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. But how much focus do you actually put on food when you’re designing your characters? Food can be a tremendous way to improve your…

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charon, the ferryman of greek mythology

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 25, 2016

Meet Charon: the legendary ferryman of Greek myth!

Charon, the ancient ferryman of Greek myth, is one of those figures that pops up even where other deities get ignored or forgotten. Sometimes people simply call him ‘the ferryman’ and he loses his name, but we all know who we’re referring to. But who was Charon, and what is the folklore surrounding him? The…

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awesome power of daydreams for writers

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 24, 2016

The Awesome Power of Daydreams for Fiction Writers

Daydreams are probably the easiest (and cheapest) way to pass the time. Stuck in a waiting room? Sure, you could check Facebook or see if there are any Pokemon around. Or you could let your mind wander to somewhere far more exciting! And as writers, we should be taking advantage of daydreams for two pretty…

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creative rule system

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 22, 2016

Can a creative rule system boost your creativity?

If you’re looking to boost your creativity, then the last thing you might consider is a creative rule system. Stop shuddering at the back there. Rules don’t inhibit creativity. In fact, you could argue that they promote creativity. Let me give you an example. For a few years, I wrote stories to post on my blog every…

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common garden flowers

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 18, 2016

Common Garden Flowers: Folklore of Bluebells, Daffodils & Hydrangeas

A few weeks ago we looked at the folklore of flowers, focusing on Angel’s Trumpet, Foxgloves, and Deadly Nightshade. This week, I thought we’d bring it a little closer to home and look at three really common garden flowers – that are all toxic! You can find these in any garden in the UK, while daffodils…

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hiring an editor

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 15, 2016

8 Things You Need To Know About Hiring An Editor

Hiring an editor can sometimes seem to be a bit of a minefield, full of do’s and don’ts. It’s super important to have a proper editor look over your work, so I’ve thrown open my blog to the brilliant Sarah Fox to give you 8 crucial things to consider when you think about hiring an…

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Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 11, 2016

3 powerful people to meet at the crossroads!

Last week we looked at what 3 weird things you might find at an English crossroads. A lot of people on Twitter wanted to know more, so I’ve widened my focus to include more global crossroads legends! This week we’ll look at a more well-known legend about the Devil and the Deep South, a Vodou figure,…

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ghost ramps

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 8, 2016

Road to Nowhere: Exploring Ghost Ramps

Spend any time on Pinterest or Flickr and you’re bound to find a slew of photos of abandoned spaces. I’ve got a fondness for abandoned houses, theatres and so on. Both sad and mysterious, they don’t always give up their stories easily, and you need a lot of imagination to re-paper the peeling walls, shore…

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