How to Draw Inspiration from Unlikely Sources

Whilst getting inspired for writing material and stories is usually not a problem for me, I have been struggling with my ‘why’ lately. A ‘why’ is not to be confused with a goal or target. I have plenty of them and find it easy to remember what they are. In particular, my main goal (to earn a full-time living from fiction writing) is clearly imprinted … Continue reading How to Draw Inspiration from Unlikely Sources

Writing About Elves: Terry Brooks On Putting Weight Behind Your Fantasy

I am currently a tiny bit obsessed with the Shannara Chronicles  and found this entertaining and insightful TEDx Talk by Terry Brooks about how to write plausible fantasy that doesn’t shy away from discussing weighty issues. Let me know what you think about this in the comments below.  Continue reading Writing About Elves: Terry Brooks On Putting Weight Behind Your Fantasy

The Mystery of Storytelling: Advice From a Literary Agent (Julian Friedmann)

How we tell stories seems to be a mysterious process that millions around the world want to be able to do, but 99.9% effectively fail. Why is it so hard for storyteller and audience to be one? What we communicate can change the lives of the writer and the audience. However, why stories matter and how to tell them better may not be as mysterious … Continue reading The Mystery of Storytelling: Advice From a Literary Agent (Julian Friedmann)

1 Ninja-Trick-Free Technique You Can Use to Write More

Most of us indie authors are obsessed with writing more, either through forming a habit of writing more regularly or by driving up word count through learning how to touch type or through use of dictation software. I am really impressed by all of the many ways in which it is possible to increase productivity as an indie fiction author and I have tried some … Continue reading 1 Ninja-Trick-Free Technique You Can Use to Write More