February 16, 2020

I can already hear the writing police scream “no!” from the rooftops. It is a conversation I have come across many-a-time online and the jury generally agree that writing stereotypical characters is guilty of being, well, criminal.

With the current storm raging around t...

December 22, 2019

A Christmas Carol — one of the most enduring stories in the history of fiction, and not least because of its central character, the insufferable Ebenezer Scrooge. It has been adapted for television, film and theatre probably more times than any other work of fiction I...

December 15, 2019

So, a quick update this week. Having had two short stories published at the beginning of autumn and then completing NaNoWriMo 2019 and meeting my 50k goal (just), the feeling of triumph accompanying both those achievements soon dissipated upon exiting the challenge. Sk...

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...