Historical Fiction writer, freelancer, editor and book fanatic.

Tip 5: How to craft loveable characters

This week we’re talking characters and three simple ways to make your characters more loveable.

Tip 3: How to structure your story

This week, we’re looking at how to structure your story – which is a pretty large undertaking for one post, so that’s why we’re going to focus on the overall structure of a story, what that looks like and how to get familiar with it if you’re new (or new-ish) to writing books.

Tip 2: How to find (and build up) your story idea

Ideas are fickle things but anyone who has felt the itch to write has likely felt the mental knock of an idea. The problem is, ideas rarely come to us as fully fledged book plans. So let’s take a look at how to find them:

Tip 1: How to find your story’s beginning

The first post in my #52WritingTips project, because there’s 52 weeks in a year and I really need to get better at updating this blog. Across the year, I’ll be pulling together 52 writing tips to help you get your dream on paper, edit that manuscript or summon the courage to submit your work. This week, we’re looking at beginnings, and where to find them.

The Importance of Stakes

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 … Continue reading The Importance of Stakes

How flashforwards can make your characters more loveable

A look at the movie Arrival from the lens of narrative structure and empathy: how can we play with narrative structure to increase character/reader empathy? How does Arrival do it, and how does it work so well?

How to Edit Your Novel (Part 2)

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 … Continue reading How to Edit Your Novel (Part 2)

How to Edit Your Novel (Part 1)

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 … Continue reading How to Edit Your Novel (Part 1)

Sell your book in 60 seconds: top tips for verbal pitches

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 … Continue reading Sell your book in 60 seconds: top tips for verbal pitches

How much do authors actually earn? Royalties, advances and more

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 … Continue reading How much do authors actually earn? Royalties, advances and more