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...

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,...

March 18, 2018

If you haven't explored who your characters are, how do you know what decisions they will make? How will you know what markers to use? How a character is emotionally structured will affect their decision-making process and those decisions will create more plot.

February 4, 2018

Your climax is what your whole story should be building towards, and the conflict and tension should be rising up like a wave ready to crash on the shore. The crash occurs, the tide sweeps in until it attains its furthest reach point. Then it froths, fizzes and recedes...

December 17, 2017

Sticking to a writing routine at Christmas is probably the hardest thing.

Well, who around here is busy, busy, busy?  In all honesty, right now I suit being a juggler more than a writer. And it won’t get any easier in the foreseeable future. The horizon promises more...

October 15, 2017