Characters are arguably the most important aspect of any story, and they're annoyingly easy to get wrong. Flat, uninteresting characters can ruin a book, no matter how great your plot is. Your readers aren't going to feel fully immersed in the story if they're seeing it though the eyes of a cardboard cutout. However, great… Continue reading How to write three-dimensional characters
Happy New Year one and all! This time of year is good for one of two things, setting goals and sneering at people who set goals. I'm a goal setter. I want to lose the weight I've gained since moving to the US, drink less caffeine (I got into the habit of drinking diet coke… Continue reading The New Year Self Sabotage Monster
New Year's is right around the corner, and with it comes the drive to push ourselves further. This year has been a tumultuous one for me. My dog and I moved from the North West of England to the middle of the east coast of the USA. To say it has been bonkers is an… Continue reading 2019 Writer Challenges.
Writers, like all creatives, often suffer from low self esteem. But there are also times when we feel unstoppable. John Lennon put it best when he said "Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty." This quote probably feels as personal to most writers as… Continue reading Start Taking Yourself Seriously as a Writer.
December is finally here! Some of you have completed NaNoWriMo, some of you didn't make it, and some didn't attempt it. Today I want to look at what comes next for novel writers. What do we do with ourselves now that the official Novel Writing Month is over for another year? Option 1: You… Continue reading Writing is for life, not just for November
"And what would you say are your worst qualities?" It's the question we all dread when it comes to interviews. Pointing out our flaws to someone whose job it is to scrutinize our character is almost impossible to do honestly. "I work too hard," "I'm such a perfectionist," Come on. No one believes the standard… Continue reading Deeply Flawed Diamonds.