Tag: Author

  • Stronger Fiction: Should you write every day?

    Stronger Fiction: Should you write every day?

    One of those pieces of advice given out to every writer is: Write every day It is given out so often that we are in danger of feeling that we are not writers if we don’t write every day. What if you find it hard to find time to write every day, however? What if…

  • Check out an Independent Book Shop during the Lockdown

    Check out an Independent Book Shop during the Lockdown

    This blog post was inspired by a Twitter chat this morning all about helping out independent bookshops. Here is a link to the amazing chat: https://twitter.com/RobGMacfarlane/status/1253073923916402689 although you will have to have an account with Twitter to see it. I know that Twitter can be toxic, but I also really enjoy hanging out there with…

  • Stronger Fiction: Should you write what you know or know what you write?

    Stronger Fiction: Should you write what you know or know what you write?

    One of the oldest pieces of advice for people who want to write fiction is that they should “write what they know’. This sage piece of wisdom is passed down from teachers to young pupils, from tutors to college students and in many creative writing classes. Yet, what does it actually mean? And is it…

  • Secrets of Stronger Fiction – more realistic bad guy/girl

    Secrets of Stronger Fiction – more realistic bad guy/girl

    Please note there are some spoilers in this blog post in the interest of creating stronger fiction. Many adult stories do not contain a definitive bad guy.girl. In many children’s stories you will find a baddie character – someone who sees it as their life goal to thwart the main character and make their life…

  • Secrets of Stronger Fiction 1: Characters who run against normal society – Anne with an E

    Secrets of Stronger Fiction 1: Characters who run against normal society – Anne with an E

    I am not only a writer, I am a reader. I love a good piece of historical fiction, where the details take you back in history, the sights and the smells and the experiences of people long ago fill the story with the results of a writer’s long hours of research. Some of my favourite…

  • 7 retro blog posts you might like to check out

    7 retro blog posts you might like to check out

    When you’ve put a lot of effort into writing your blog posts, it can be difficult to lose them off the top page and awkward for visitors to your page to find and read them, unless of course, they found them through searching a specific topic in Google. So it is good to occasionally write…

  • The Writer vs the Blank Page

    The Writer vs the Blank Page

    “You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” (Jodie Piccoult) It can be tough settling down to work, but there is nothing worse, as a writer, than settling down to write, then realising that you don’t know what you want to say.…

  • Day 26: 30 Day Blogging Challenge – Author Websites Worth Visiting

    These days it is recommended that authors have a website. Some are almost purely bibliographies, lists of their published books, a brief ‘About’ page and some contact details for literary festivals. Other authors clearly enjoy the process: they add extras like FAQs, podcasts of interviews and reprints of newspaper articles. I really enjoy checking out…

  • 30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 9 Book Review: Writer Time Management Book by Kathleen McGurl

    I interviewed author Kathleen McGurl on my website last year. She has written hundreds of short stories and moved into writing full novels in the past few years. Her website is interesting and talks about her writing life, and among the books she has written, there is a time management book called, Give up Ironing…

  • Meet Keith Havers – The Creative Writer Interview

    Keith Havers is a short story writer who has had stories published in Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, That’s Life (Australia), The Weekly News, People’s Friend and The Lincolnshire Echo. He also has a short story published in the charity anthology, ‘100 Stories for Queensland’. He is a member of the Trowell Writers’ Trust and…

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