3 Reasons Why Your Book Idea Isn’t Worthless

There are many people out there who think that all it takes to be a successful writer is one good idea. And then, there is another crowd who are very quick to profess that all ideas are worthless and that writing is all about the execution. These are certainly the two major opinions on writing I hear discussed regularly in relation to Harry Potter, The … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Your Book Idea Isn’t Worthless

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

Here’s What It Takes to Be a Great Writer!

This cheered me up and I thought you might like to see it, too. I made this my screensaver and when I feel down it makes me feel better. Keep battering your keyboards – no excuses!!! …OK the occasional good cry is allowed. 🙂 Continue reading Here’s What It Takes to Be a Great Writer!

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

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!

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 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