D- Description and how to be better at it

Ah, description. Beloved of Victorian novelists and fantasy writers everywhere. How I loathe it. What? But why? Because mostly it doesn't do anything, just sits there looking pretty and forming no useful purpose. It's wordplay, which for its own sake does not make a gripping read. Yes, yes, deep literary novels. But I'm not kidding... Continue Reading →

B – Books, how long should they be? A wordcount guide

I write novels. Or do I? My first novels were 50,000 words long - because that was the word length given as the minimum to win Nanowrimo. But how long should a novel be, really? How about a short story? This quick reference offers a guide to the expected wordcount of various genres. But take... Continue Reading →

A – Antagonists and how to make them

This post is part of the April blogging AZChallenge.  Today it's A. I struggle with antagonists.  Almost all of my early stories have no antagonist at all. Or rather, none that is embodied in a handy walking, talking bad guy on the page. Let's take a look at some of my early Nanowrimo novels. The Fairy... Continue Reading →

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 →

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