The Worst Trait in an Aspiring Author

Honestly, we can be an annoying lot, we aspiring authors. Even published authors are irritating sometimes, if not in actual personality then with the erratic mood swings. One moment our WIP is the greatest thing ever to grace a page, the next, it's unburnable trash. Good luck getting a sensible conversation out of us if... Continue Reading →

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My Excel-Lent Spreadsheet Outlines

Excuse the pun and let's get down to business. A lot of people have asked me about my monstrous spreadsheet outlines and how I use them. If you haven't seen one of them before, here's a small section of my current one. That shows the first nine scenes of my new WIP (a YA fantasy)... Continue Reading →

‘The Bestseller Code’ Condensed

A smash-hit bestseller appears a freak event, impossible to predict, yet in their daring book The Bestseller Code, Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers argue that there is, in fact, a winning formula. All you need is a highly sophisticated algorithm trained on bestseller for years. It's a fantastic book and fascinating to read whether you... Continue Reading →

Why You Need (Writer) Friends

It's easy to see other writers as a threat. After all, there are only so many agents, only so many readers, only so much money people are willing to spend. It's true that there is stiff competition for these things, as there should be, but isolating yourself out of jealousy or preciousness isn't going to... Continue Reading →

Is She A Strong Female Character?

Everyone wants their MC to be one, but the phrase 'strong female character' means something different to everyone and heck if I know the proper definition. My idea of it is simply a well-developed character that is female and not inherently misogynistic. Well, I say 'simply' but somehow this is something even female writers struggle... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Peyton McDonald

Today we're hearing from fifteen-year-old Peyton McDonald who was eager to share her thoughts on two of the most important aspects of being a writer - motivation and inspiration. She's written and self-published a touching debut novel, Before The End Of Summer and is already at work on her second. What is Before the End of... Continue Reading →

The Only Essential Writer’s Tools

There's a difference between enjoyable and essential. A few days ago I did a post on my favourite writing tools of 2017and yeah, I love them, but I don't need them. People make a big deal out of things they say they need for writing, like a hot beverage and an intricate outline and a soundscape of... Continue Reading →

My Top Writing Tools Of 2017

I've already said I didn't like 2017 and I haven't changed my mind, but last night I realised despite all the bits I'd rather forget, I still learnt a lot. I joined online writing communities, wrote, edited and self-published my first book and started a blog (the one you're reading right now, surprisingly enough.) I... Continue Reading →

The No. 1 Rule of Romance

Writing romance can be hard. Authors worry - is the relationship is moving too fast? Too slow? Is the chemistry there? Is it believable? There's a lot of advice out there but if you really want to know if your romance works you only need one simple rule. If they have to kiss to show... Continue Reading →

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