What Makes You Sit Down and Write? I guess the answer will be different for all of us. Some of you will be so fired up and determined to get your story finished, that you spend every moment you can
I hope you found last week’s writing tip useful, on the different publishing models; what to look for and what to avoid? Let me know if you found it helpful, or if you have a question of your own you’d
Hello my Writer Friends. I hope you found last week’s writing tip, about big picture editing, useful. This week we’re doing a quantum leap… from editing, to planning your book launch! But what if you haven’t finished your story? Seems
Hello! And welcome to May – wow, this year certainly is zipping by at a rate of knots. Do you think so, too, or is it just because I’m getting older? Apologies that you didn’t get a writing tip yesterday
Dear Writing Friends, Are you keeping up with your book reading? If not, now’s the time to order some books for reading over the Easter weekend! Christian, secular, contemportary, classic – all are good for research. I read fiction for
Something very practical this week! Closing story arcs is a vital part of our stories. What do I mean by that? Here’s an example: A girl moves with her dad to a new town after her mum dies. She has
There are many and varied reasons for choosing to use the first person voice (I, we, she/he) instead of the third person (he, she, it/ they/them). Here I’ve looked at five reasons you might wish to use the first person.
Surely every writer suffers from writer’s block at some time in their writing lives. After all, none of us are robots! This feared and dreaded affliction is a part of the creative process – ditch diggers don’t get ditch digger’s block, carpet layers don’t get carpet layer’s block, but writer’s block (all joking aside) can be a very real problem. And there are levels of it, because writing is creative – it’s an art, not a science…
When you are writing your stories, you also have the privilege of choosing names for all your characters. This can be a bit of a headache, and you don’t necessarily have nine months to mull over your choices! I’ve previously written about how to choose names, so I won’t repeat myself, but here’s an idea to help you choose…
Some suggestions on setting out your manuscript, if you are submitting to a publisher or for a competition (or for your readers to read!).