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
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’
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
If you are dreading the confrontation with the famous ‘blank page’ (like me) you may find this method helpful. Continue reading The #1 Method for Coming Up With Story Ideas
Writer’s block affects us all from time to time. There are already multiple strategies out there that can help any writer overcome the dreaded disease. Not only is Twitter still by far my favourite social media platform on the web today, it also helped me get through a serious bout of writer’s block last year when life got pretty difficult and my creative well was … Continue reading How to Cure Writer’s Block with Twitter
This is a question that has plagued me for some time. Writers are people who write. So, if I don’t write, can I call myself a writer? If I write badly, do I have to call myself a ‘bad writer’? Well, I want to be a ‘good’ writer! I.e. somebody whose work gets read (and maybe even re-read). So wouldn’t it make sense to go … Continue reading Should Writers Take Writing Courses?
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