Last week, I had a chat with a good friend of mine who had just had a negative experience to which I know we can all somehow relate. He’d just come back from a relatively unsatisfying con – one at which despite meeting a lot of interesting people and enjoying the overall positive atmosphere, he… Read More Why we create
Today is mother’s day, which is the perfect opportunity to write about love and relationship in your writing. Too often, we think of love and relationships in books as being solely represented by romantic love. But love takes many, many forms, and exploring all the loving relationships in the lives of your characters can add… Read More Love is a many-splendored thing
A few weeks ago, I got a bad review. It happens, and even when, as is the case with this particular book, it happens a lot less than the positive ones, it’s still unpleasant. But that’s not what this post is about. It’s about why he hadn’t liked the book, because being a character-driven author… Read More The complexity of the human mind
What does writing well really mean? I was asked today whether it was better, for a writer, to have great imagination when it comes to storytelling and very poor grammar/writing skills, or if it was better to have perfect writing skills and no imagination, and whether publishers looked past the writing skills to the… Read More Art and technique
I wrote a guest post on Lizzie’s Dark Fiction which you should check out! It’s about family, which is an important theme in my recent release, Blood Relations, but it’s also about how we talk about things that are private and important to us , and how much of our own personal lives we put… Read More Family by Choice
The importance of point of view This post is a special request. To make a special request, please visit our Facebook page, and post on the wall or send a message. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org . This post is going to be two things in one; mostly, it’s going to be a post about… Read More A mile in their shoes
Writing what matters This post is a special request. To make a request, please visit the Facebook page and post on the wall, or send us a message. You may also write to email@example.com . If you write, you’ve doubtless heard the old adage “write what you know”. It is one of the most solid… Read More Private parts
Believable characters This post is a special request. To make a special request, visit our Facebook page, post on the wall, or send a private message. You can also write to firstname.lastname@example.org . I was asked to talk about characters that are “flawless”, that are perfect and better than everyone else at everything that they… Read More Nobody’s perfect
Narrative voice This post is a special request. To make a special request, post it on the wall of the Facebook page, send a private message, or send an email to email@example.com . As you probably already know, narrative voice is the voice in which your story is told. But even though most people already… Read More Who’s telling your story?
Conveying emotion in your writing This post is a special request. To request a post on a particular topic, please visit the Facebook page and leave a message on the wall or send a private message. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Reading a story is an emotional experience. Or at least, it… Read More Once more, with feeling!