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

How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Clothes (Part 3)

Think about what you're wearing right now. I, personally, am sat in my pyjamas (I shouldn't be, it's nearly 1pm) wearing a top with the Australian flag and baggy pink bottoms with an odd square pattern on them. If you picked me up and dropped me into the 18th century, there'd be a lot of…Read more How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Clothes (Part 3)

The Problem With Fiverr, Upwork and Freelancer.Com

I love tools that make any job easier. Obviously. Who doesn't, right? So when it comes to tools that connects people wanting writing and people wanting to write I think great! This is just what I've been looking for. So I signed up with all of these websites, for varying durations, and here's my problem with…Read more The Problem With Fiverr, Upwork and Freelancer.Com

Researching A Historical Fiction Novel: Tips from the Stockholm Writer’s Festival

Novelist, or historian? The line becomes a bit blurry when you're writing historical fiction. But one piece of advice that really stood out to me at the Stockholm Writer’s Festival came from hist fic author Jenny White. And she said: “Your research should be invisible. It serves to make the setting in your time period…Read more Researching A Historical Fiction Novel: Tips from the Stockholm Writer’s Festival

How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Etiquette (Part 2)

I wouldn’t walk into a bar and start jumping on the tables. Perhaps in 3,000 years that might be considered normal (if so I’m glad I live now, I’m clumsy at the best of times) but equally, if I was born in the 18th or early 19th century, I wouldn’t have walked into a bar…Read more How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Etiquette (Part 2)

How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Language (Part 1)

Good morrow, dear friends. How fare thee this fine day? Alright mate? 'Ows it goin'? Why hello, how do you do? ... Now if those greetings sound weird, it's because they're supposed to. It's weird because I don't speak like that. (Except maybe the second one, after a week back in south east London and…Read more How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Language (Part 1)

National Writing Day Prompt List

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