So, you’ve had your killer idea and are in the throws of writing your novel. The first few chapters are written and you are feeling pretty chuffed about your first draft going so well. Then it happens! Unexpectedly, your writing comes to a halt. Your character is in a (sticky) situation and you have absolutely no idea how to get them out of it. The … Continue reading How to Plug Plot Holes
It’s Easter Sunday. The sun’s out. Easter Eggs are seductively beckoning from a little nest on the breakfast table and all I can think is: what am I going to post about today? Sunday is blogging day. That’s what I promised myself when I came back from the dead after a 16 month writing break. True enough. But do those rules apply on Easter Sunday? … Continue reading 4 Clues Why Writing on a Bank Holiday Might Be a Bad Idea
Today, I am DONE…with writing advice. All writers know that writing processes are uniquely moulded to specific writers and that no two writers are exactly the same. So, why oh why do writers insist on inflicting their advice on others? Haven’t we all heard some of the classic evergreens? Write every day – Don’t write everyday Write faster – Write slower Outline your novel – … Continue reading One Good Reason to Dismiss Writing Advice
There is a prominent idea out there in the world that anybody wishing to achieve anything in life should look for a mentor. It’s not bad advice. But mentors are (unfortunately) seemingly as rare a beta readers, fairies, and unicorns. Who has the luck to know a great writer? And which great writer has the time to mentor a fledgling writer like me? Is it … Continue reading One Sure-Fire Way to Find a Writing Mentor
More often than not, it’s the questions readers ask that lead to the most valuable revelations. I recently had a query on my video trailer for The Dream Parade (Part One). It went something like this: If you missed your publishing deadline, why did you bother leaving the book trailer up on YouTube? Isn’t that confusing readers rather than creating buzz? Point taken. My article … Continue reading Why Create Buzz Whilst You Are Writing Your Book?
There are many people out there who think that all it takes to be a successful writer is one good idea. And then, there is another crowd who are very quick to profess that all ideas are worthless and that writing is all about the execution. These are certainly the two major opinions on writing I hear discussed regularly in relation to Harry Potter, The … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Your Book Idea Isn’t Worthless
Before my epic writing break (which you can read all about here in case you missed the last post), I would have thought it impossible to re-write my YA novel The Dream Parade from scratch. I was done. I had written two solid drafts and spent countless hours editing, reading and re-reading the work – pretty much ready to publish part one. I even had … Continue reading Should You Re-Write a Story That Is Already Complete?