October 27, 2019

Our preceding posts this month have emphasised the need for planning in order to succeed at reaching our 50k goal in November. But no matter how much you plan, there will always be periods where you are stumped, floundering for your next burst of ideas. And as the stor...

October 20, 2019

WriMo’s Ebbs and Flows

NaNoWriMo tends to have its own pacing structure that many-a newbie unwittingly falls into. Here is an idea of what you will likely expect from your first Nano experience and how to handle it.

  • #NaNoDayOne-Four WC 1,666 - 6,666 : Beginning...

October 13, 2019

 Success is All About Preparation

(This is a two prong article. If you are already familiar with Nano and would like some prep help, please skip the first half and scroll down.)

If you are not familiar with NaNoWriMo, its name stands for National Novel Writing Month, or...

June 2, 2019

Queries differ between the US and UK, but here is the general structure I go with:

Dear Agent,

I am a British Author living in France seeking representation for my first novel XXX. This is a crossover mystery of around xxxx words, set in the Australian outback. I believe...

May 26, 2019

The actors and film crew did themselves proud. The cinematography was exceptional (except for those dark bits where we couldn't see anything ;)).

As for the writers...?

I'm embarrassed for them.

If, like me, you were left unsatisfied by the direction they took the show, t...

May 18, 2019

My prediction to how Game of Thrones will end the last episode.

As far as I –  and many other fans –  are concerned, Game of Thrones is the best thing to have happened on television EVER!! And it has completely transformed TV drama as we previously knew it. The industry...

September 23, 2018

What is the most important point to consider when writing a mystery? How do I create a three-dimensional character? What is the purpose of a flat character? Is it okay to over describe characters or situations, when writing a novel? Does writing a fiction novel for a p...

June 11, 2018

It’s a question every writer asks themselves and yet it can be one of the most elusive answers to obtain.


Most of us can string a sentence together, and those who are partial to a little write-off or two can usually string together something of evident intelligence,...