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

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

3 Writing Lessons Learned From My April #Mustread: ‘Never Let Me Go’

Like many of us, I believe that in order to be a good writer one ought to be a constant reader. As a dystopian fiction writer, this means plenty of dark tales on my bookshelf. I also belong to a Fantasy and Science Fiction book club where I get constantly introduced to new and exciting reads that can help me learn about the craft of … Continue reading 3 Writing Lessons Learned From My April #Mustread: ‘Never Let Me Go’

3 Essential Strategies for Writing Authentic Dialogue

Most writers will agree that writing authentic dialogue can be a b***. Far from trying to be negative (totally not listening to the little voice at the back of my head right now), I thought it would be a good idea to point out the obvious before launching into an explanation of how to address the problem. I have been looking around for advice on … Continue reading 3 Essential Strategies for Writing Authentic Dialogue

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

Top 10 Best Dystopian Novels

With Christmas just around the corner, I have been YouTubing lists of dystopian reads to keep me busy over the upcoming holiday period and welcome break from my day job – aside from writing of course. Getting slowly into the Christmas spirit, I am sharing this comprehensive list of the 10 best dystopian novels. What I like best about this list is that – unlike … Continue reading Top 10 Best Dystopian Novels