Dialogue Tags

wild flowers

The latest Write for a Reason course has just come to an end… as always it’s been lots of fun, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know the students. One issue that has cropped up once again, as it often seems to, is the use of dialogue tags. I’ve mentioned this…

7 Gleanings from Reading a Stack of Books

fantastic library

We all know that if we want to be writers, we have to read. We can glean all sorts of things from other people’s stories – both good and bad. Having recently read a stack of books I was sent to review, I’m going to share seven…

3 More Things to Beware of when Writing Stories for Children

girl reading

Last week I mentioned seven writing issues I noticed when reading a stack of children’s novels, that could have been avoided. Since then, I’ve found some more! So here they are (on to something more positive next week, I promise)…

7 Things to Beware of when Writing Stories for Children


Over the last few months I have been reviewing books for a charity that puts Christian titles into libraries and other public places. So I have had the joy of having to read. 🙂 How about that for an excuse to read – sorry, can’t do that, I absolutely have to finish these books….

Introducing Your Protagonist

Children playing

This may seem obvious, and I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but unless you have an excellent reason for not doing so, the first person you need to introduce your readers to is your protagonist . . .

How to become the person you’ve always wanted to be!

Janet Wilson

As Christians writing for a reason we can get so caught up in being earnest that we forget that writing should be fun. OK, yes, it’s work too, but it should certainly have some lighter moments . . . and who knows where those lighter moments might take you?

Here’s an idea to give you a break from your novel:

Going on a journey? Three things to remember!

London's Gone from Dernier Publishing

If your characters are going on a journey to reach a destination and final victory, think about how long the journey should take, and how many crises they are going to have to face on the way. Here are three questions you will need to ask yourself for your journey . . .