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 … Continue reading Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 2: Settings
Posts with writing tips, tricks and suggestions.
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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading The Ultimate List of Literary Journals in the UK and US: Where to Submit Your Writing
So I did a post the other week on whether or not you should study a Creative Writing MA (or slightly longer ago now, I’ve moved house and started working … Continue reading Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 1: Description
Creative Writing MA’s have got a bit of a mixed reputation. Some see it as an exercise of the blind leading the blind, by which I mean unpublished writers telling … Continue reading Should I Do A Creative Writing MA?
When I was doing NaNoWriMo back in 2014, they had a discount code for Scrivener. I saw it and I thought to myself: what the hell is that? Didn’t Google it, didn’t click … Continue reading Is Scrivener Worth The Money? Scrivener: A Review
Way back at the beginning of term (I’m in the Transnational Creative Writing Masters Programme at Stockholm University) we had an awesome workshop from Cassie Gonzales. She was talking about … Continue reading Why Symbolism is Beautiful (And Why You Should Be Using It)
There’s an age old debate amongst writers: do you plan, or do you pants? To plan or not to plan… that is the question – Definitely Not Shakespeare Well, I was firmly … Continue reading Why I’ve Moved From Team Pantser to Team Plotter
Spoiler alert: editing sucks. Especially if you’re editing a 90,000 word novel that tends to get a little bit lost around the midway point. That’s when you end up having … Continue reading Why You Get Stuck When Writing (And How to Unstick Yourself)
Last week I finished my novel. I know, right? Cue the champagne, let’s start calling agents and– No. Not even close. You see, finishing a first draft isn’t the same … Continue reading The Anti-Climax of Finishing Your First Draft
Here’s a little something I’ve written as part of Chuck Wendig’s most recent flash fiction challenge. If you don’t already follow his blog you definitely should because it’s awesome. This … Continue reading Flash Fiction Challenge: Why Is It So Hard To Accept When The Party’s Over?
In a previous post, we looked at the difference between writers and non-writers. A writer is anyone who puts pen to paper (or more likely, fingertip to key) and gets … Continue reading Writing When You Don’t Want To Write