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

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

What Will Humanity Look Like in 1000 Years?

If you are are a SciFi nut like me, (or simply an interested reader/writer), you may be wondering what humans will look like in the future. This video, by AsapSCIENCE (sponsored by National Geographic) sheds some light on this question in less than 5 minutes. I hope you find this helpful. Pssst, writers! There may be some #writingprompts in there!! Continue reading What Will Humanity Look Like in 1000 Years?

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’