This is a reminder of my wonderful tutor’s Flash Fiction Writing Competition. I hope you are all going to join me in entering. I’ve got one entry done, couple more to go.
Seeing as I offered to organise a get together, I should probably put my money where my mouth is and do some actual organising.
Sorry to those across the pond – I’m still working on the technology involved in that part, so this is for the European lot – unless those across the pond fancy a trip to the UK for a summer vacation that is…
Drum Roll please…… Continue reading
I always write from the same perspective – human, and in the first person. In my novel, I have shape shifters. One of the pieces of feedback I had was to explore further what being in another form would feel like to all the senses. Hence this weeks writespiration was born. I thought I would keep it narrow, hence the restriction to insects, but hey, there are millions of species…
Here’s mine: Continue reading
Some villains are just plain nuts, right? Wrong.
Whether or not mental health disorders should or shouldn’t be used to create sinister villains isn’t up for debate. They are used, whether anyone likes it or not, and frequently used too. Let me be clear; I am not suggesting people or characters with mental health issues are all villains or antagonists. What I am saying is that some of the great villains in literary and film history have these disorders. What’s unfortunate is that most of the time they’re used in a clichéd or subtly discriminatory way.
Understanding these disorders and their sometimes comorbid nature allows us to create more authentic villains. I want to tread carefully here; I think it’s important to respect mental health and the sufferers and to remove the myths and misonomers surrounding them.
There are some important lessons we can learn from these illnesses which can help us to bring authenticity to our characters. Having an awareness of these disorders can give you insight, genuine reactions, and understanding of what the source of their conflict can be – which gives you more plot and more depth to your characters. Continue reading
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 had the pleasure of being recommended Second Chance by Geoff Le Pard, which is now sitting high up on my list of to read. I then stumbled across a particular post of Dylan’s, ‘You Know You’re A Writer When‘ and after a fit of giggles and eye rolling because I did most of the things on his list, I knew I wanted to interview him. You can find his blog here. I am delighted to present an interview with Dylan Hearn: Continue reading