When To Turn The Monsters Loose According to Stephen King

The best writers keep their heroes (or heroines) in peril throughout their story. Seems like a good recipe to for success. Nobody wants to read about happy and safe characters…especially not in the darker fiction genres. But creating pitfall after pitfall can be exhausting and I’m never quite sure if I am overdoing it. If this is a problem you have come across, this quote … Continue reading When To Turn The Monsters Loose According to Stephen King

How to Produce Work That Lives Up to Your Ambitions

So, after crapping all over writing prompts on Sunday, karma has sent me the self-doubts. Of course. How could it be otherwise? At least I can trust that Ira Glass is…was…is (?) a man who can understand what this feels like. My boss is sending me to a leadership lifestyle course for the day and I thought some cheery words about storytelling and the 1 simple … Continue reading How to Produce Work That Lives Up to Your Ambitions

RoadKill – A Short Story

As previously announced, my new zombie short story ‘RoadKill’ is now ready for reading on Wattpad. This one is a little bit different from my zombie short fiction debut ‘The Run’ as it is more concerned with creating a voice and tackling a very personal and emotional perspective of the zombie apocalypse. Anyway, let me know what you think (either on Wattpad or in the … Continue reading RoadKill – A Short Story

Why You Will NEVER Write a Book

Yesterday was the last day of a thing we rarely see in the UK: a Bank Holiday Weekend. We generally get two in May and one in August. That’s it!   I bet any of you who slave away at a job and have to fit their writing into the edges of the day can appreciate the gravitas of this information. Three guaranteed long weekends … Continue reading Why You Will NEVER Write a Book

RoadKiLL – Cover Reveal

So, this has been a productive week and since it is Bank Holiday Weekend in the UK, I thought I’d take the chance to complete another zombie short story that I have been planning for a while. Of course, there is still some editing to do but you can enjoy the cover reveal whilst I take care of that. If you have just gotten a … Continue reading RoadKiLL – Cover Reveal

3 Good Reasons To Define Your Writing Goals TODAY!

How many writers do you know? If you’re anything like me, probably a few. But how many writers do you know who are also professional about their writing and actually do the work? How many writer do you know who get up earlier (or sleep later) to write to a schedule that ensures they finish their work on time and achieve their goals? How many … Continue reading 3 Good Reasons To Define Your Writing Goals TODAY!

Quadruple Your Wordcount in 4 Simple Steps

Writing faster has been a major concern for me this weekend. I often feel frustrated at limitations placed on my fiction writing (mainly time, typing speed, and focus). So, this weekend, I have enlisted the help of Cady Vance‘s video taking us through 4 simple steps that can help you write faster today. I managed to quadruple my wordcount for today by focusing on improving … Continue reading Quadruple Your Wordcount in 4 Simple Steps

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