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 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)

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 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)

What are your New Year’s Writing Resolutions?

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?

Writing Inclusive Fiction: Cultural Representation without Cultural Appropriation

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

Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 2: Settings

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