The Sol Stones

The Sol Stones is a collection of woks by Sarai Mannolini-Winwood, Elizabeth Baca, Madeleine Dobson and Jib Harper developed from (and still currently running) the desire to stay in touch during the CV-19 pandemic. Inspired by regular sessions using the Uncharted World mechanics it is a science-fiction space opera of three coworkers who are thrown out of their time and place and must find a way home. Each session is represented by a collection of "artefacts" collected by an author of a later period and work together to tell the collective adventures of the three women in a narratively fragmented format. These are constructed by various members of the group and supported with images taken from Creative Commons. We hope you enjoy our story-telling.

NPC a Secondary Character

Person working with multiple note pads

Role playing games can provide some great sources of inspiration for writers. Not only in engaging as a player or a dungeon/game master, but also by utilising some of their resources. RPGs often are well resourced by fans, and many of their templates or information sheets can hold a wealth of ideas, not only for those writing in the fantasy genre also!

Research Part Two: What to consider when writing popular culture articles

Researching popular culture is a fascinating activity. It requires looking at a range of sources to gain a “taste” of the cultural perceptions inherent in the work. This two part post will be looking at the key factors that need to be considered as an author when beginning to research a popular culture article.

When looking at a Hollywood blockbuster film there are a range of areas to consider:

Research Part One: What to consider when writing popular culture articles

Researching popular culture is a fascinating activity. It requires looking at a range of sources to gain a “taste” of the cultural perceptions inherent in the work. This two part post will be looking at the key factors that need to be considered as an author when beginning to research a popular culture article.

When looking at a Hollywood blockbuster film there are a range of areas to consider:

Podcasts

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Podcasts can be one of the most useful tools for a writer. They are easy to access, they are plentiful and diverse, they are FREE!, and they are something you can listen to while doing other tasks. Often reading is a key suggestion for writers, but sometimes this can be a little tricky for a number of reasons, but time management is a core one.

Curate a Scene

Old fashioned radio

Having trouble getting that scene to work just write? Attempt to curate the music for the scene. This is a little strategy that only works if you already know what you want to have happen but for some reason the scene just isn’t going down on the page correctly.