It’s that time of year where we all tend to sit back, take stock, and try and make a plan of action for pushing forward. And frankly, given I’m someone who puts lists up there with cheese and wine on my table of favourite things, I love it. But this year I’m focussing on my…Read more What are your New Year’s Writing Resolutions?
Now this is a question that I have, as much as the next person. And so thank you to the awesome person on Quora, Marion Gropen, who answered it. I’ve converted the figures too so you have UK and US currency (for all my lovely Brits). The important stats: The top 12 books per year…Read more How much do authors actually earn?
The idea of the struggling artist is a common one. Just look at Moulin Rouge, the starving bohemian aesthetic permeates the entire movie, from its cast to its locations. But do writers really earn a pittance? Well, sometimes. But apparently according to the Office of National Statistics, it’s not as little as we thought. Average…Read more How much do writers actually earn?
Now, I will caveat this piece by saying I am a NaNo lover. I actually think it's partially the reason why I'm here. (In Sweden, not 'on the planet' in general. My parents didn't lock eyes over one of the kick-off parties.) Although that would’ve been one heck of an origin story. But in the…Read more What is NaNoWriMo? Should I do it?
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