I have no idea how another week has gone by, time seems to slip through my fingers at the moment. Here is my weekly round up of writing challenge submissions, which is one short this week. Sorry Keith, if anyone fancies a writing challenge, he always has a wonderful picture to inspire :). Continue reading →
You’re a writer, yeah? Well, when was the last time you actually picked up a pen and wrote, you know with your hand? I don’t do it that often any more, and I suspect I’m not the only one. Recently I’ve come across a few writers, who write their entire first drafts by hand. I was slacked jawed when I found out. I wouldn’t dream of writing a novel, a WHOLE 100,000 words by hand, I mean, can you imagine how long that would take? Continue reading →
It has taken me an inexplicably long time to read just one book. I am actually a reasonably fast reader I can sink a few books in a week if I have the time. Alas, baby Black has prevented this from happening, and shamefully, not only is this the first book I’ve finished this year, but worse this particular book has taken me way over six months to read. Tut. But huzzah I have finally finished it.
Every so often, I like to get out of my comfort zone and do something a little different. This is one of those weeks…. something I hope will be a little uncomfortable, and somewhat thought provoking…
The world, as well as brimming with life, beauty and discovery is also full of disaster and tragedy. I don’t want this to be a negative post, so I will try instead, to be reflective… Continue reading →
If ever there was a writing competition you should enter, it’s this one. Esther Newton, is one hell of a writer, and a seriously amazing tutor at the Writers Bureau. She is launching a flash fiction competition, open to any and all genres. Haven’t got time to write a whole story? Fine, that’s no excuse, the word limit is 250 words anyway! Entry is super cheap, and you can add a critique to your submission if you want to – which I strongly recommend, her feedback is second to none. So what are you waiting for? Get writing, I have already written my first entry…
We all love to hate bad guys, and you gave me some fantastic additions to my villain list last week, (thank you). What I love more than hating a bad guy, is a bad guy that makes me empathise with them before I hate them. It makes the hate so much more powerful, because they cheated me, and I hate thinking of myself as gullible, so if they did get to me, then that makes them superbad in my eyes!
I’ve been thinking about my own antagonists/villains in my WIP, and what I can do to develop them, to make them more hateable but loveable. It led me to thinking about the importance of villains having a redeeming quality or some kind of positive trait. Continue reading →