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12 results for 'novel'

A good story will be told – ultimately!

By Shane Joseph, published on Apr 14, 2013

...Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, I found the original in a box of souvenirs: a few faded foolscap papers in my former cursive handwriting, which reminded and shamed me for having deteriorated down to a fowl scratch after I had bought a computer. I polished my lost-and-found story and included it in a novel. The novel was subsequently published but without my orphan story, because, in the editor’s words, “the piece did not fit.”

Every time I showed my story to the literati, they liked it, but no one wanted to publish it. Then I was invited to submit a non-fiction piece to a travel... (more)

Tags: novel, writing, orphan, tourism, story, stories, travels, forever, told

Travel is Education

By Shane Joseph, published on Apr 9, 2013

... need to travel to foreign places to get a sense of culture, language, food, geography and all the other elements that a trip outside of one’s physical boundaries provide. While armchair travelling has never had it better, I beg to differ with these pundits of inertia.

I recently wrote a novel set in a part of France I had never visited (my travels in that country up to that point had been limited to Paris and environs). With the assistance of all the online tools and data repositories available to me, I wrote copiously about Strasbourg and Metz, and not in our present day either,... (more)

Tags: france, education, novel, travel, cities, tourism, wikipedia, google, costa rica, countries, metz, strasbourg, nicaragua, south africa. cape town

How to write the next literary novel

By Shane Joseph, published on Oct 20, 2012

A fellow writer asked me what it would take to write the next literary novel. I searched through my notes, gathered after wondering for many years in literary wastelands, and came up with these Ten Commandments (caveat emptor: I take no responsibility for the success or failure of your novel):

1) Do away with plot. Plots are superfluous and distract from the language.

2) Create metaphors within metaphors within metaphors…

3) Deliberately obfuscate the flow of the narrative. Forget about beginnings, middles, and ends. Start at the end and go to the beginning. Or better... (more)

Tags: novel, writer, literary, character, work, plot, write, metaphors, narrative, reader

Space Orville is a Sci-Fi Y. A. Adventure by Jeff Whellan

By Wrp68, published on Jul 6, 2012

Space Orville is a Science Fiction, Young Adult, Humorous, Adventure novel from independent author Jeff Whelan.

Space Orville, a young Earthman of 16, is relishing his new life as an independent grown-up. He has just been accepted as an apprentice with Morphean Gaming Systems and has moved into an Earth-orbiting apartment with his companion, NeutroFuzz, to test holographic video games. As a result of a questionnaire he answered in the back of a magazine, Space Orville finds himself recruited by the Universal Protection Service to rescue a brilliant inventor who has been kidnapped by... (more)

Tags: novel, adventure, science fiction, young adult, independent author, humorous

Author M.R. Mathias Releases The Wizard and the Warlord

By Wrp68, published on Jun 23, 2012

Award winning author M. R. Mathias is proud to announce the July 4th release of The Wizard and the Warlord – The Wardstone Trilogy Book III.

To celebrate the conclusion of this mammoth epic trilogy he is offering book one, The Sword and the Dragon for just $1.88. This huge novel has been in the Top 100 of the Amazon Kindle Fantasy/Mythology Bestselling lists in the US and UK for 23 straight months. Get direct links to Amazon, B&N, Sony, & iStore here:

If you're one of the many thousands who has already read book one, a huge preview... (more)

Tags: novel, adventure, fantasy, dragons, ebook, epic fantasy, sword, fantasy trilogy, fantasy saga

Author M R Mathias Releases The Confliction Compendium

By Wrp68, published on Dec 15, 2011

...of the international bestselling Dragoneer Saga.

Don't blink your eyes, watch your back, and no matter what you do: HOLD ON TO YOUR DRAGON!

Praise for the Dragoneers Saga:

Mathias is an absolute pleasure to read. Unique storyline, fascinating characters and a fast paced novel that practically reads itself. The Royal Dragoneers easily lived up to the promise shown in the prequel. Lovers of fantasy everywhere this is a fresh, new talent with plenty of truly original ideas. Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to this book. -GoodReads Reviewer

Genuine,... (more)

Tags: novel, adventure, fantasy, dragons, ebook, epic fantasy, sword, fantasy trilogy, fantasy saga

Book Review: Memory's Wake by Selina Fenech

By Wrp68, published on Dec 13, 2011

...The setting is vibrantly described and the writing flows well; however, it’s the character development that sets Memory’s Wake apart. Memory is a strong yet flawed, believable heroine. Young readers will easily identify with the problems she faces.

If the vivid description in this novel is not enough, the author has included dozens of her own skillful illustrations. The story is wrapped up with an ending that won’t disappoint and readers will desire a sequel. Frequent POV changes may distract some readers in the early chapters, but overall, this is an exceptionally... (more)

Tags: novel, book review, magic, fantasy, young adult, fairies, heroine, urban fantasy, dragon

Home – where is it?

By Shane Joseph, published on Nov 21, 2011

...over whose home the island really was?)

As occupations become more temporary and transferable, as the world shrinks with globalization, as civil and climatic unrest displace populations, the concept of home is becoming a preoccupation for more people than just myself. I tried writing a novel about a man discovering home. The models I drew from were Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey in which the hero, Ulysses, leaves the island of Ithaca, has many adventures abroad, and returns to drive out the usurpers of his wife and throne, and builds his nest again. But this homecoming is contrary to... (more)

Tags: novel, home, hero, odyssey, spartan, expatriate, homeland, homer, iliad, island, ithaca, same, ulysses, usurper

MR Mathias Reveals The Cover For The Wizard And The Warlord

By Wrp68, published on Nov 16, 2011


If you are familiar with the story then you will know who the young hatchling in the image is. If not, maybe you should pick up The Sword and the Dragon and find out for yourself.

Accolades for The Wardstone Trilogy:

5 stars - By Dr. Jamal

I have read many a dragon novel in my time. But none compare to Mathias' The Sword and the Dragon. The personal character development and attention to detail are so rich, that you are literally sucked into this novel. This massive work of a masterpiece will be glued to your hands and mind. One of the greatest novels I have... (more)

Tags: novel, adventure, fantasy, dragons, ebook, epic fantasy, sword, fantasy trilogy

Don't Be A One-Trick Pony Writer

By Gurmeet Mattu, published on Dec 24, 2009

This is how it goes.You want to be a writer. It burns at you and you've just got to do it. So you sweat blood and write a novel. You post it off to a publisher who sits on it for months before sending it back with a stock rejection. Something like 'We enjoyed your writing very much, but our lists are currently full' or 'Current market conditions do not allow us to promote new writing'.So you send it off to another publisher, and another, and another. And your spirits sink and your confidence is blown out off the water. Can you write at all? Or are you just plain rubbish?Happened to me. Don't... (more)

Tags: novel, short story, creative writing, screenplay, tv play, radio play, stage play

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