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Riddles and wordplay appear in a lot of folklore. But what's the fascination with words, spells, charms and riddles in these oral stories?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 29, 2016

Why are riddles and wordplay so important to folklore?

Riddles and wordplay feature strongly in a lot of the English folklore I’ve read. So I’ve handed over the reins of my blog to Charlotte Bond, who’ll explain the fascination with riddles, and just why they appear so often in folklore! Riddles in folklore I’ve been fascinated by riddles and word games in stories ever since…

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Writing can be a lonely endeavour, and it's important to get out of the house and away from your laptop. Will 52 Dates for Writers help you to do that?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 26, 2016

Have you ever taken yourself on writing dates?

Since August 23rd, you might have noticed more writing posts from me. 12, to be exact. All of them have been inspired by Claire Wingfield’s 52 Dates for Writers. 52 Dates for Writers The book is arranged into 52 activities that writers can do to enhance their writing. After all, writing is a curious endeavour,…

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Meditation doesn't just mean sitting thinking about nothing. It can be beneficial to your health, as well as your writing. Click here to find out how meditation can help improve your storytelling!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 25, 2016

Can meditation really improve your storytelling?

Meditation just involves sitting on the floor, searching for nirvana…doesn’t it? Well no. There are many different types of meditation, depending on what you want to get out of them. But in this post I’m only going to focus on two, both of which I think can help you improve not only your storytelling, but…

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Do you feel like your writing is missing something? Try stopping to feed the ducks to see how taking a pause can improve your fiction!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 22, 2016

3 Reasons Why Writers Should Stop To Feed the Ducks

Writers by their very nature are often solitary, and often very ‘indoorsy’. Unless they make the effort to do so, it probably never crosses their mind to feed the ducks in their local park. It’s a great shame, because an incredibly simple act can actually have 3 benefits for their storytelling. This post is inspired…

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This is a review of The Magpie & The Wardrobe: A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells, a wonderful collection of snippets and charms.

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 22, 2016

The Magpie & The Wardrobe: A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells

Curiosity is indeed an apt subtitle for this particular folklore collection, as it stimulates your curiosity as well as your interest. So just how good is The Magpie & The Wardrobe: A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells? You can watch this as a video review over on Youtube below, or keep reading if you prefer text!…

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Art galleries might not seem like an obvious destination for writers, but they can help you hone your observation, find ideas, and improve your visuals! Click here to find out how.

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 19, 2016

Can Visiting Art Galleries Improve Your Writing?

Art galleries don’t often figure on anyone’s radar, let alone a writer’s. Instead, they’re just somewhere to go when the weather is bad, or someone has come to visit your home town and you’re not sure what else to show them. But art galleries and exhibitions can actually provide an excellent opportunity to improve your…

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Have you often wondered about becoming a freelancer but didn't know where to start? Click here to find out how!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 19, 2016

Want to be a freelancer but don’t know where to start?

The freelancer occupies an interesting position in the workplace. They’re self-employed, so they have all of the problems associated with finding clients, filing tax returns, and marketing a business. But they also have tremendous freedom to take on the projects that interest them, work where and when they want, and build a lifestyle that suits their…

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3 cool ways that weather rocks your fictional world

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 16, 2016

3 cool ways that weather rocks your fictional world!

Weather is quite possibly the most common conversational topic, at least in the United Kingdom. It also contributed to one of the most widely quoted opening lines; “It was a dark and stormy night” But can weather do anything else to your fiction, other than setting the scene, or giving characters something to talk about?…

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Reflections, or the lack of one, appear throughout horror fiction as well as superstitions. So how are reflections important in western folklore?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 15, 2016

How are reflections important in western folklore?

Mirrors form a huge part of popular culture, and films like Snow White or Mirror, Mirror play on their magical properties. But the reflections themselves are equally important, either revealing the truth, or visions of the future. Given it’s bad luck to have two mirrors facing one another, what they show is clearly of interest! So…

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Point of view doesn't just refer to whether you're writing in first person, or third. It can be a brilliant way to find out what makes your characters tick!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on September 13, 2016

Why should you walk in the shoes of your characters?

Point of view can be a tricky subject for writers. Does it just refer to whether you’re writing in first person, or third? It can do, but point of view can also be a brilliant way to get under the skin of your characters and find out what really makes them tick. And if you…

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