It’s that time of the year again, as the Northern hemisphere slips into the burnt orange hues of autumn and the Southern hemisphere whips out its sparkly hot pants ready for spring, writers around the world receive their annual knicker-twitch. It’s time to dig deep, feel the burn, polish off the whiskey in brazen midnight flurries of word vomit and author tears. NaNoWriMo is back bitches. But how to prepare? NaNoWriMo is a towering Everest. A giant fire breathing dragon. How the hell does one write 50,000 words in a month anyway? Fear not young wordsmith, I am here to help. This is 6 ways to prepare for NaNoWriMo. [Read more…] about 6 Ways to Prepare for NaNoWriMo
Everybody loves a hero. If you’ve hung around here long enough, you’ll have heard me say that a dozen times already. But heroes – no matter how much we love them – are often predictable. Something that’s the result of a soft heart and too much halo polishing. If you want to get your hero into ship shape, this book is wicked… *cough*. Moving on. After years of villain worship and intensive study and deconstruction of all the villains I can find, I’m sad to say it’s rare for me to find a villain that gives me a case of the tinglies, but Villainelle – the villainous minx – did just that. If you want to create killer villains then have a look at these tactics the writers of Killing Eve employed. [Read more…] about Create Killer Villains: Lessons From Villainelle
I’ve always thought the ‘short story’ was one of those irritating elephants in the room. My particular brand of short story elephant, is made of shiny gold, and spends 100% of his time glaring at me from the corner of the room looking down his extra long trunk nose to make me feel woefully inadequate.
Every author knows they should be able to write a short, but not everyone can.
I’m so inept at writing short stories, I wrote a piece of flash fiction last year and the fucking things turned into 30,000 words of what will be a novel. Apparently I didn’t get the ‘SHORT’ memo.
All I can do is write full length novels, or blink-of-the-eye flash fiction. Something about that smug middle man puts me in a catatonic state of ‘fuck-you-upitus-writersblock.’
I learnt many, but something I think Esther is spectacular at is a killer ending. Here’s how to master a killer ending for your short stories. [Read more…] about 5 Tactics to Master Killer Short Story Endings
I am truly honoured to be part of my wonderful blogging buddies blog book tour. Geoff Le Pard is a writer an author extraordinaire, as well as being a half decent ex lawyer and a seriously nifty weekly flash fiction contender. But by far the best of his accolades is the fact he is a member of the Annual Bloggers Bash Committee! :p
This week, Geoffle is teaching us about differentiating dialogue between characters, and he is using his experience from his brand spanking, freshly published (go buy it) book My Father and Other Liars. Without further ado, Geoffle…. take it away. [Read more…] about 7 Tricks To Differentiating Dialogue – Geoff Le Pard