Rules Are Just Tools

Sometimes, the rules are there to protect us. In the case of the law, it's to protect us from harm. In the case of the writing 'rules,' it's to protect us from terrible books. Some rules, like the use of correct grammar, are helpful throughout your whole life. Others, however, are actively harmful to your... Continue Reading →

Advertisements

Hogwarts Houses as Writers

I wanted to do a post about which house makes the best writers, just for a bit of fun, but this proved impossible because 1) I'm undeniably biased towards Hufflepuff, the greatest house of all time and 2) anyone can be a good writer, no matter their personality (or Hogwarts house.) Instead, I thought I'd... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Teen Author Talks – Joy Chappell

Joy Chappell is an eighteen-year-old self-published author with an interest in writing YA, adventure, sci-fi and dystopian stories. Her debut novel Farryn is already out and a second novel, Hero Up, is on the way. Her experiences editing both led her to want to share what she's learnt with us today.  What's the earlier story you... 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 →

Teen Author Talks – Emma Dennin

Emma is the author of the Contemporary YA novel This Is Why,  featuring an interesting cast of very different teenagers, and is in the process of writing the sequel, This is How. She was eager to share more about how she creates complex characters and their backstories.  How did you start writing? Can you remember your first... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Olivia J. Bennett

Olivia J. Bennett enjoys creativity in all its forms and turned that passion towards writing the gripping YA adventure book A Cactus In The Valley. Her characters undergo stressful and emotional situations throughout the survival story and she wanted to share some of her advice for writing strong emotions effectively.  What's the first book that made... Continue Reading →

Teen Author Talks – Millie Florence

The first in this week-long series of interviews with brilliant young authors is fourteen-year-old Millie Florence, whose debut novella Honey Butter blew me away last week. She's kindly given up her time to share with us, among other things, some of her tips for young characters. She writes mostly children's fiction and poetry. Where did the... Continue Reading →

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑