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
I’ve written a lot about getting rejected as a writer. And that’s because we do get rejected. A LOT. But also, sometimes, something just falls into place. And you get … Continue reading How Many Rejections Does it Take to Get Your Writing Published?
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 … Continue reading How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Etiquette (Part 2)
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 … Continue reading How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Language (Part 1)
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
So a few weeks ago I submitted a piece of writing to The New Yorker. I had been working on it for a while and this means that the editing process … Continue reading Problems with Writing: Characterisation
I did something truly insane today. I submitted a piece of work to The New Yorker. It was a piece I’ve been working on for about two months now, a … Continue reading The Terror of Submitting Your First Piece of Fiction
I had a poetry lecture today, which I was dreading. Poetry for me brings back memories of exams in a dusty sports hall with the lingering smell of old socks; … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between a Writer and a Pretender?
You wouldn’t think a Masters in Creative Writing would lead you to the conclusion that you’re schizophrenic. Or at least, not immediately. You’d want to work up to that after … Continue reading Why All Writers Have Two Personalities