Book blog: You’re a Writer – So Start Acting Like One

I've just finished reading this book by Jeff Goins. I love it. I love how the power of just saying and believing those words - I am a writer - makes amazing things happen. I love how hard work and self belief combined can do great things. And I love how your life is still OK... Continue Reading →

My terrifying timeline

Do I dare? Do I dare put dates and deadlines to what I'm trying to achieve, and have to acknowledge publicly when I miss or make those targets? Is my book, my weird Young Adult Arthurian Genderfluid Fantasy Coming Of Age novel really going to become accountable? Yeah, why not? Chris Baty is big on accountability.... Continue Reading →

Book blog: Say ‘oo’ to induce terror

Rayne Hall's book details many useful techniques for writing fight scenes. The chapters are mostly divided by the type of weapon being used - Sword, Club, Firearms etc - and the book also identifies fights as either gritty or entertaining, and guides on psychology.  The part that captivated me, though, was on how to use specific word sounds to control a reader's mood. Hall... Continue Reading →

Accountability: write more words!

This week I need to make some writing progress: 10,000 words in a week. This is perfectly achievable given my prior history of writing 12,000 words in one day. But to be sure, I am setting myself no other targets. -Except to write and workshop a short story for the Fiction Break contest. Also to... Continue Reading →

Book blog: Strunk and White

This book is still the best of the style guides. First published in 1920, it lays out examples of correct and incorrect usage, and guides on the effects of sentence construction. It is a short book; no word is wasted. In terms of grammar and punctuation, this is a great revisit to what we learned at school.... Continue Reading →

Where I write

Many How To Write-type books go on about creating for yourself a special writing space. Often these guides go on to add that this could be the kitchen table, a desk, a spot in a local cafe, and so on - but it must be somewhere that you feel you can get out your muse and write.... Continue Reading →

Writing skills – battle scenes

My current novel is an adventure story so I always imagined it would climax with an epic battle. Only problem - I've never written a battle scene. I have written action but always small-scale, and always based around an emotional moment. I've never tried to co ordinate armies -  and personally I glaze over during those clash-bang scenes... Continue Reading →

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