Tropes vs Cliches: What’s the difference?

When writing, we often hear the words trope and cliché. Understanding the difference between the two is important, as is understanding when to use them effectively in our writing and when to steer well clear! Tropes as tools Tropes are essentially patterns and conventions that provide structure to your storytelling. Frequently unique to a particularContinue reading “Tropes vs Cliches: What’s the difference?”

An Author’s Guide to Copyright

Copyright is a system that protects your writing and prevents others from using it without your explicit permission. Copyright covers all sorts of created things but, for this blog post, we will focus on the written words.

Self-Publishing, Vanity Publishing and Traditional Publishing: Understanding the Differences

You’ve done the hard work and written your novel. So what’s next? What are the different options for publishing and how do you decide which is best for your novel?

Navigating the Self-Publishing Journey: A Writer’s Guide

Are you an aspiring author with a story to share? Perhaps you’re a seasoned writer looking to take control of your publishing destiny. In either case, self-publishing can be a fantastic option to bring your words to the world. Let’s dive into the self-publishing process step by step.

Sensitivity without Stereotyping: Navigating LGBTQ+ Character Portrayals

In the ever-evolving world of literature, diversity and representation have become critical themes. Within this landscape, LGBTQ+ literature has made significant strides in sharing unique stories and experiences. Yet, despite the progress, there’s a persistent challenge that writers and editors must tackle: the portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters without resorting to harmful stereotypes. In this blogContinue reading “Sensitivity without Stereotyping: Navigating LGBTQ+ Character Portrayals”

Breaking Down Heteronormativity in LGBTQ+ Fiction: Why It’s Problematic

LGBTQ+ fiction has come a long way in representing the diverse experiences of the community, but one persistent issue remains – heteronormativity. Heteronormativity is the belief that heterosexuality is the norm, and it often manifests in LGBTQ+ fiction in various ways. In this blog post, we will explore why heteronormativity in LGBTQ+ fiction is problematicContinue reading “Breaking Down Heteronormativity in LGBTQ+ Fiction: Why It’s Problematic”

The Importance of Hiring an LGBTQ+ Copyeditor for LGBTQ+ Books

In today’s diverse and inclusive literary landscape, representation matters more than ever. As the LGBTQ+ community gains greater visibility, their stories must be told authentically and respectfully. One essential aspect of ensuring this authenticity is hiring an LGBTQ+ copyeditor for LGBTQ+ fiction books. In this blog post, we’ll explore the reasons why this choice isContinue reading “The Importance of Hiring an LGBTQ+ Copyeditor for LGBTQ+ Books”

The Importance of Depicting HIV/Aids in Fiction

Breaking Stigmas and Spreading Awareness In the realm of storytelling, fiction serves as a powerful tool to shed light on societal issues, challenge stereotypes and foster empathy. One such crucial issue that has been grappled with for decades is HIV/Aids. Incorporating HIV/Aids narratives into fiction is not just an artistic choice; it’s a social responsibility.Continue reading “The Importance of Depicting HIV/Aids in Fiction”

The Limitations of AI in Crafting Authentic LGBTQ+ Stories

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has made significant strides in various creative domains, from generating poetry to composing music. However, when it comes to crafting authentic LGBTQ+ stories, AI faces a profound challenge due to its inherent lack of lived experience. While AI can generate text that may appear inclusive and empathetic, it fallsContinue reading “The Limitations of AI in Crafting Authentic LGBTQ+ Stories”

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