The Essential Short Guide to PRINCE2® pages

New: Essential Short Guide to PRINCE2®

The non-fiction output continues with a  new Essential Short Guide to PRINCE2® e-book. Sub-titled Introducing PRojects IN Controlled Environments, this guide is aimed at newcomers to the PRINCE2 project management framework. After three decades of project-based working, this is as much a critique as an entry-level how-to guide.

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Ten-step Fictional Empire-builders’ Checklist

In the current fantasy-fiction challenge, our protagonist is in revolt against the Evil Empire de Jour. Which raised the question, what goes onto our fictional empire-builders’ checklist? With inspiration from the Mythcreants blog, here’s a ten-step questionnaire for creating detailed and credible Imperial powers.

Twenty Characters to Start a Book

Twenty Characters to Start a Book?

According to Christine Frazier’s Better Novel Project you need twenty characters to start a book. Her post advocates this as an essential kick-starter for pop-fiction. It cites first chapters for Harry Potter and The Hunger Games (19 each) and Twilight (24). Even generalising for genre-fiction, twenty characters in Chapter One seems a bit much.

Fantasy tropes we love and hate

Fantasy Genre Tropes We Love and Hate

I’ve been challenged to write an epic fantasy genre story, so I’m reading a lot of current fantasy fiction. It varies from ‘meh’ to ‘aarrrgghh!’ not only for the quality of the writing, but the vast number of fantasy genre tropes we love and hate. A trope is any type of figure of speech, theme,…