This is a bit more of a serious post - so it's a bit longer. But I looked at this recently in my MA Creative Writing class and I think it's important - so let's dive in. Writing inclusive fiction is a responsibility that all writers should acknowledge. However, where do we draw the line…Read more Writing Inclusive Fiction: Cultural Representation without Cultural Appropriation
I've written a lot about getting rejected as a writer. And that's because we do get rejected. A LOT. But also, sometimes, something just falls into place. And you get an email popping into your inbox saying "we'd like to publish your piece." And, if you're anything like me, you lose your shit and start…Read more How Many Rejections Does it Take to Get Your Writing Published?
Creating good settings in your writing is crucial. Your characters aren't walking around in a vacuum, they're walking around in a world with things in it, and it's your job to describe those things so that your readers have a mental visual of where your characters are. Take this stunning example of the opening paragraph from…Read more Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 2: Settings
Think about what you're wearing right now. I, personally, am sat in my pyjamas (I shouldn't be, it's nearly 1pm) wearing a top with the Australian flag and baggy pink bottoms with an odd square pattern on them. If you picked me up and dropped me into the 18th century, there'd be a lot of…Read more How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Clothes (Part 3)
I love tools that make any job easier. Obviously. Who doesn't, right? So when it comes to tools that connects people wanting writing and people wanting to write I think great! This is just what I've been looking for. So I signed up with all of these websites, for varying durations, and here's my problem with…Read more The Problem With Fiverr, Upwork and Freelancer.Com
Novelist, or historian? The line becomes a bit blurry when you're writing historical fiction. But one piece of advice that really stood out to me at the Stockholm Writer’s Festival came from hist fic author Jenny White. And she said: “Your research should be invisible. It serves to make the setting in your time period…Read more Researching A Historical Fiction Novel: Tips from the Stockholm Writer’s Festival
I wouldn’t walk into a bar and start jumping on the tables. Perhaps in 3,000 years that might be considered normal (if so I’m glad I live now, I’m clumsy at the best of times) but equally, if I was born in the 18th or early 19th century, I wouldn’t have walked into a bar…Read more How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Etiquette (Part 2)