Alphabet challenge – the AZChallenge and structuring your writing practice

One of the things that can hold a writer back from a regular writing practice, is the lack of a way to structure the output. Perhaps you write every day, aiming for a target of 100, or 500, or 1000 words. But without structure, it can seem random, maybe a little pointless. What are all these... Continue Reading →

The Gripping Climax – an ingredients list

After five solid months of writing, some of it even on the work in progress, I now approach the crucial moment in my story: the climax. Here is where all the foreshadowing I've been doing over the last 100,000 words must come to fruition; where the hero must face his demons and overcome his opponent; where... Continue Reading →

The DIY-MFA: how thrifty writers can still further the craft

I've been reading about the 'DIY-MFA' this week, and wondering if such a thing is achievable or worth it. An MFA (Master of Fine Arts) roughly translates, for those of us in the UK, as a PhD for the arts:  a degree-level period of study, based on two or more years of research, resulting in... Continue Reading →

Editing: KonMari your writing and declutter your prose

Tidying the house is exhausting. It's physically tiring because of all the running up and down stairs with items which need relocating from room to room. But more than that, it's mentally exhausting because of all the small KonMari decisions you need to make as you tidy. Keep or toss? Put it with similar items or... Continue Reading →

Book Blog: The Voyage of the Dolphin – truth and lies in memoir

Life writing can take many forms - but how much truth, and how much fiction, do you put into a novel inspired by real events? What details do you put in, and what can you leave out? How do you handle dialogue and other parts you cannot know? Even if you are working from a pile... Continue Reading →

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