April is national poetry month, so it seemed appropriate to write a post about poems. In line with the general theme of my blog, I'm focusing on what writing poetry can teach us about writing novels. Having studied poetry as part of my university course, these are the three important things I found: Creative metaphor… Continue reading 3 important things writing poetry teaches us about writing novels
Previously on the blog, we've spoken about the perfect writing environment. The impossibility of finding that ideal setting to sit down and let your imagination run free. But how about the perfect time of day to write? I've been thinking about this a lot lately, so let's decide shall we...? First thing in the morningSome… Continue reading The Perfect Time of Day to Write
Blogging to you this morning, lovely writers, from post number 200! Wow, it feels like quite a milestone, and I can't believe I've had that much to say! I thought it'd be an idea to reflect back on the posts that led to this point, and so I'm re-sharing your 10 favourites from the past… Continue reading Your Top 10 Posts from the Past 200! (200th Post – Milestone Achieved!)
We are all too aware of how tough times are right now, and self-care has never been more important. Not just for writers, of course, but for everybody. However, this is a writing blog, and so it is the importance of self-care for writers I am focusing on here today. Discussing burnout, relaxing, and getting… Continue reading The Importance of Self-Care For Writers
When creating characters, appearance is just one aspect to consider. And within appearance there are numerous ways to describe your characters. One of which is their clothing and fashion sense. It can tell a lot about a person, so take a look at the tips below. Only mention clothing if relevantAs with most aspects of… Continue reading Character clothing; fashion tips for writers
First drafts are an emotional rollercoaster. They include your deepest, rawest thoughts and feelings, they fill you with excitement, they make you mad and stress you out. And, of course, they are the birth of novels, the starting block of your story. Getting through the first draft fast is the best way to get your… Continue reading Novel writing: tips for faster first drafts
Earlier this week, my guest post Your Queries on querying - Answered! was posted on the website of author Susan Shiney. Be sure to click here to read the post and check out her wonderful blog and website.
When it comes to writing, you're likely to find your preferred genre, and find yourself writing for a certain audience. Of course, genre is a fairly loose term and there are sub-categories within each one, but let's strip it right back. For example, I predominantly write thrillers. But there's a lot to learn and enjoy… Continue reading Reasons to try your hand at writing for children
Over the past year, almost everything has moved online. School, job interviews, concerts, even doctor's appointments. It's certainly been inspiring to see the way people and companies have adapted to these times, and there's been so much creativity involved. As someone who used to try and attend writing events regularly, I was eager to sign… Continue reading Writing Events – Online vs In Person – Which is Better?
It may sound like a simple question, of which most would answer they'd write for themselves first. But subconsciously, if your goal is to publish, you might find yourself bending your story to fit with the market you wish to publish in. This can shape your plot, your characters and even your settings, as your… Continue reading Who should you write for first? You, or the market?