3 Pulp Fiction Quotes That Have Made Me A Better Writer

If you’ve read my fiction samples, you’ll know that what I write is about as far away from pulp fiction as London from Auckland (at least 11,389 miles). Nonetheless, many of my more eccentric ideas have been inspired by the quotes of great pulp fiction movies…mainly quotes from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to be exact. The wisdom that can be distilled from the dialogue of this … Continue reading 3 Pulp Fiction Quotes That Have Made Me A Better Writer

Ray Bradbury’s #1 Top Tip for A Killer Storyline

This week, the endless wisdom of Ray Bradbury and his essays on writing have truly been giving me strength and the ability to carry on with my writing. I am immensely proud to say that I am only about 16,000 words away from completing my second draft of The Dream Parade {Part One}¬†sporting a seriously improved storyline. Finally, I am fully unstuck and ready to … Continue reading Ray Bradbury’s #1 Top Tip for A Killer Storyline

The $10 Word Writing Mistake and How You Can Avoid It

Long, fancy words designed to show off your intelligence and vocabulary are all very well, but they aren’t always the best words. In this short, playful video Terin Izil explains why simple, punchy language is often the clearest way to convey a message. –Youtube Blurb Continue reading The $10 Word Writing Mistake and How You Can Avoid It

7 Ways to ‘Squeeze The Day’ and Make Time for Your Writing

So, you have a deadline, some great ideas, awesome characters and some killer twists…but not enough words? Why is that? Let me guess: no time, right? You want to get to that 1 hour per day writing habit (or even just 10-30 minutes per day) but somehow there is always that one thing that comes up and zaps your time. I know! Me, too! I … Continue reading 7 Ways to ‘Squeeze The Day’ and Make Time for Your Writing

Find the Most Authentic Ending for Your Story – Sam Shepard

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

5 Encouraging Pieces of Advice from Amazon Indie Authors

I am having a pretty tough week writing. I hate to admit it but the writing exercises I am doing as part of the¬†writing course I am taking are interfering with my indie novel writing. With only just under 2000 words written this week, I needed some encouragement from people who are where I want to go. Since sharing is caring, I am paying it … Continue reading 5 Encouraging Pieces of Advice from Amazon Indie Authors

The 5 Biggest Mistakes in Character Development and How to Avoid Them

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