Today we're going to talk about stakes, which in short is the bad stuff that's going to happen to your character if they don't achieve their goal (or if they do - depending on your character arc). Stakes are consequences, but more than that, stakes help us as writers create and maintain tension through scenes…Read more The Importance of Stakes
I told you I was bad at keeping up with these. For those of you who follow me on Twitter (not a plug) - you may have heard I have now finished my first novel, spat on it (not literally) and polished it until the sun could shine on its very pages. You may also…Read more How to Edit Your Novel (Part 2)
You know me. I love creating a series of blogs that I then have to beat myself to continue (they will all get finished, I promise you!) But this is one that sits close to my heart at the moment because I am in the final throes of editing my second novel (read: first decent novel), The…Read more How to Edit Your Novel (Part 1)
So this year at the Stockholm Writer’s Festival I had the lucky opportunity to pitch my manuscript to an agent. My actual manuscript. TO AN ACTUAL AGENT. And whilst I didn’t get a: “holy moly, you’re amazing, it’s done deal!” I did get a: “I’d read that, send it over.” Which I’m taking as a…Read more Sell your book in 60 seconds: top tips for verbal pitches
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? Royalties, advances and more
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 UK Salary for Writers
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