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
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
If I had a plot that was all set in advance, why would I want go through the agony of writing the novel? A novel is a kind of exploration and discovery, for me at any rate. — Chaim Potok Who is Chaim Potok? – LEARN MORE Continue reading Plotting vs. Pantsing
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
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
Just as a painter paints, and a ponderer ponders, a writer writes, and a wanderer wanders – Roman Payne Continue reading On Writing: Roman Payne