The Importance of Stakes

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

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

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

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

How to Deal with Rejection as a Writer

Imagine spending weeks training for a marathon, putting in the hard work, the blood, sweat and sore muscles only to be told when you get to the start line that your running style isn't quite right for this sort of marathon. They might really like the way you sound like a pair of Victorian bellows when you…Read more How to Deal with Rejection as a Writer

Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 1: Description

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 at an awesome new job so sadly the blog was left sulking in a corner for a while) and I rather rashly suggested you can…Read more Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 1: Description

Is Scrivener Worth The Money? Scrivener: A Review

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 on it, and I forgot all about it. But back in 2014, I was writing using the notes section on my iPhone and iPad. I…Read more Is Scrivener Worth The Money? Scrivener: A Review

Why Symbolism is Beautiful (And Why You Should Be Using It)

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 character needs and goals, as well as symbolism. Now, symbolism isn't something I'd really thought about putting into my writing before this point. Not intentionally, anyway.…Read more Why Symbolism is Beautiful (And Why You Should Be Using It)

The Anti-Climax of Finishing Your First Draft

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 as finishing a novel. Finishing a first draft means you've taken all the bumf in your head about said book and you've put it down…Read more The Anti-Climax of Finishing Your First Draft

The Terror of Submitting Your First Piece of Fiction

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 short story that follows a young girl in the run-up to a natural disaster. I went through about six edits to get to the final…Read more The Terror of Submitting Your First Piece of Fiction