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)
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, 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
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
It's National Writing Day! And to celebrate I've pulled together my favourite resources for writing prompts, ideas and starters-for-ten, perfect for when your well of creative ideas feels like it's running somewhat dry... 1. Writing Prompts Subreddit This has a whole host of weird and wonderful ideas to get your creative juices flowing, and the best…Read more National Writing Day Prompt List
The final stage in any writer's checklist is simultaneously the most important one: selecting the right literary magazine to send your carefully crafted piece of prose to. But choosing the right literary magazine for your work is crucial. How do you find the one that matches your tone? Your style? Your quirky use of colons?…Read more The Ultimate List of Literary Journals in the UK and US: Where to Submit Your Writing