Finding the best possible ending for a story is a challenge for every writer – particularly me. With a wild imagination and sometimes even wilder characters, writing an ending that doesn’t disappoint is really hard. So, this weekend I decided to borrow some advice from Sam Shepard who knows a thing or two about writing authentic endings. Continue reading Find the Most Authentic Ending for Your Story – Sam Shepard
Starting a new writing project is like falling in love. At first, everything is wonderful. But as the reality of the commitment sinks in, we get scared and we do stupid things: like not fleshing out our characters enough and then getting stuck down the line. For the variety of genres there are on the planet, the variety of story types is actually surprisingly narrow. … Continue reading The 5 Biggest Mistakes in Character Development and How to Avoid Them
The six most common mistakes people make when self-publishing a book; usefully summarised. A great reminder from my favourite Texan in Tokyo. Make sure to avoid these! Continue reading Top 6 Mistakes People Make Self Publishing a Book!
Certain moments in our lives seem to last forever. Whether it is a first kiss or a car crash, time can seem to stretch…or even stop. Aaron Sitze explains how this sensation is conveyed in cinema and how the same conventions can be used to slow down time in your writing. Lesson by Aaron Sitze, animation by TED-Ed. -Youtube Blurb Continue reading How Writers Slow Down Time
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
The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentary illusion that you are living in the world of the story. But as a writer, how do you suck your readers into your stories in this way? Nalo Hopkinson shares some tips for how to use language to make your fiction really come alive. –Youtube Blurb Continue reading How To Write Fiction That Comes Alive?
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