Monthly Archives: April 2015

3 Essential Books Every Writer Needs

3 booksIf you’re a writer (especially an American one) you have probably heard of The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors and Publishers.  If not, then let me enlighten you, particularly if you are British or writing for the British market. Writers, editors and publishers alike think the Chicago Manual of Style, is THE comprehensive guide to life the universe and everything.

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Writespiration #36

#36

Write a story, a few words, a sentence, a poem, anything you like, post below and I will post it with next weeks Writespiration.

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Writing Challenge Entries #5

Writing challenge entries

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

The Best Kept Secret To Improve Your Writing – Writing Tips 19

The Best Kept Secret To Improve Your Writing 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

Interview with Author Anthony Schiavino

Anthony Schiavino

Interview slots are now closed until September 1st, when I am opening the slots up for author book release and promotions (i.e. without the interview).

I am pleased to present an interview with Anthony:

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Book Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


Uglies Book Review

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.

I have only (from memory) written one other book review, for A Disturbed Girl’s Guide to Curing Boredom, because I loved it so much I felt compelled to write about it on amazon and goodreads and such like. Continue reading

Writespiration #35

Writespiration #35

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

Markets For Writers

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…

Writing Challenge Entries #5

Writing challenge entries

Another week flown by… My weeks are merging into one, dissolving in a mess of words sleepless nights and anxiety. But nonetheless I have completed the usual challenges

First up, Esther’s weekly writing challenge, this week was even harder than last week: This week’s challenge is for a ten-word story, using the words ‘Easter’, ‘bucket’ and ‘cat’. Continue reading

6 Simple Steps to Superbad Villains

simple steps

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