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...

October 1, 2017

When you’re first starting out as a writer -- that time when you have an idea, an inspiration, a sentence that makes you put pen to paper, finger to keyboard, but you have no idea what you are doing -- you could be forgiven for thinking that your biggest problem is lea...

May 28, 2017

Have you ever thought about writing? Dreamed about writing a book or a story? Create something out of nothing? Writing is one of the most liberating pastimes

May 21, 2017

One of the ongoing raging debates in fiction writing is about whether to use passive voice. The general rule is to not use it, opting for more active sentences that make your prose tighter and more vivid. And there is certainly plenty of merit in that attitude, but, as...

May 14, 2017

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First of all, let’s get poetry out of the way. For you sceptics out there who ‘don’t do poetry’, just bear with me a moment.

I am no poet. But from time to time, I write poetry. Why? Because i...

April 30, 2017

Just a quicky this week -- I've been super busy with various deadlines and I haven't had the time to write a juicy blog article.

I was rather taken with this picture, though, especially by its potential for body language, and several story ideas cropped up, so I though...

April 2, 2017

Have you ever read another writer’s work and sensed there’s a layer missing that you just can’t place? Although there’s a good balance of narrative, action, dialogue and ‘show’, you’re just not sure what you should be rooting for, nor do you understand when something g...