The final stage in any writer's checklist is simultaneously the most important one: selecting the right literary magazine to send your carefully crafted piece of prose to. But choosing the right literary magazine for your work is crucial. How do you find the one that matches your tone? Your style? Your quirky use of colons?…Read more The Ultimate List of Literary Journals in the UK and US: Where to Submit Your Writing
Here's a little something I've written as part of Chuck Wendig's most recent flash fiction challenge. If you don't already follow his blog you definitely should because it's awesome. 1,561 words (so a little over, my apologies.) Warning! This involves a bit of torture (because that was pretty common in Elizabethan England.) But it's not…Read more Flash Fiction: The Dreamer’s Door
I'm writing a historical fiction novel at the moment and damn does it take a lot of research. I'm not writing it as Shakespeare might've, because I want my readers to be able to understand it without sitting through a term of English GCSE lessons, but I'm trying to remain as authentic as possible and…Read more Historical Fiction Tools: Elizabethan Swearing, Cursing and Vocabulary
Imagine spending weeks training for a marathon, putting in the hard work, the blood, sweat and sore muscles only to be told when you get to the start line that your running style isn't quite right for this sort of marathon. They might really like the way you sound like a pair of Victorian bellows when you…Read more How to Deal with Rejection as a Writer
So I did a post the other week on whether or not you should study a Creative Writing MA (or slightly longer ago now, I've moved house and started working at an awesome new job so sadly the blog was left sulking in a corner for a while) and I rather rashly suggested you can…Read more Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 1: Descripton
Creative Writing MA's have got a bit of a mixed reputation. Some see it as an exercise of the blind leading the blind, by which I mean unpublished writers telling other writers how to (hopefully) get published. Others see them as 'dalliances' (which is a terrible word, because it implies it's not being taken seriously…Read more Should I Do A Creative Writing MA?
The idea of every word you write is to pull the reader to the next word. Each sentence has to drag them to the next sentence. Each chapter to the next chapter. And so on, and so forth. Our jobs, as writers, is to keep readers reading. And no reader is more important, initially, than…Read more 7 Points In Your Story That Agents Stop Reading