Hi, How Can I Help You?

There have been a couple things I’ve being doing recently, which could be of help to some writers. Firstly, prior to publication. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big advocate of getting feedback on writing. I’ve written a post about it in the past, which can be found here, and I have a pageContinue reading “Hi, How Can I Help You?”

PROMPT #1: The Egg, Part 2 (Fantasy)

Part One Vetta lay before the fire, stretched out with her great head on her huge paws, looking every bit the house cat, if she weren’t ten times larger. Shadows flickered across her black and orange stripes, as Kas held up the egg. Eggs liked heat. So they kept this one as close to itContinue reading “PROMPT #1: The Egg, Part 2 (Fantasy)”

Writing Prompts

I have a stack of books and booklets with writing prompts in. I love them – always have. It’s great to mull on an idea, have a scene sparked off by just a line or image. A good writing prompt can lead to a great story. In a way, it’s always why I sometimes likeContinue reading “Writing Prompts”

Why My Current Favourite Book Is A Twitter Thread

I love Twitter, I really do. Some of my favourite books in recent years were ones I picked up because people were raving about them, or I followed the author on Twitter and became interested in their writing. If you’re looking for a community, guarantee you’ll find one on there, just by looking at hashtagsContinue reading “Why My Current Favourite Book Is A Twitter Thread”

Damn Fine Story – Chuck Wendig [Books]

I love books about writing. I love reading about the craft, seeing different ways of doing the same thing, taking notes so I can look back over them later. Stephen King’s On Writing is probably the most well known, with good reason. It should have pride of place on any writer’s bookshelf. But so should Chuck Wendig’s DamnContinue reading “Damn Fine Story – Chuck Wendig [Books]”

To Plot or To Pants [Writing]

For a long time, writers have referred to themselves in one of two ways. As a plotter, or a pantser. The discussion around both appears in interviews, articles, on social media…anywhere you get writers talking, the question comes up. Are you a plotter, or are you a pantser? Personally, I’ve always been more of aContinue reading “To Plot or To Pants [Writing]”

No Killer, No Filler

Ah, writing. It comes so easily, doesn’t it? The words just flowing from your fingertips, the wonderful sound of keyboard keys clanking, being hit, one after the other, over and over until you have a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter…a book… Full of the same words. Just. Very. That. Suddenly. Started. Then. There are certainContinue reading “No Killer, No Filler”

Publication Updates

So seeing as this blog is supposed to be as much about my writing as it is about other’s, I thought I’d just drop a quick note to confirm my latest publication updates. Details of my short stories can always be found on the About & Publications page, but I know maybe not everyone visits thatContinue reading “Publication Updates”

Feel The Anger

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. We all know Yoda’s famous quote, even if you’ve never seen Star Wars. Anger is a dangerous, tricky beast, uncontrollable once unleashed, and if allowed to roam for too long, devastating for any involved. Each of the seven deadly sins would makeContinue reading “Feel The Anger”

How Not To Introduce Characters

Readers and writers, I think, all have their own little pet peeves when it comes to something they read. For the most part, these all come down to personal taste. Some readers might dislike reading something involving the supernatural. Personally, I really don’t like ‘direct thoughts’ unless they are handled extremely well. Otherwise, they feelContinue reading “How Not To Introduce Characters”