author, creative writing, writing

Things to do when you’re stuck in the middle of your novel

Have you ever been there? Perhaps, like me, you're there right now. You've been hastily writing the exciting start of your novel, powering through as your ideas flood the pages. But then...the middle. Suddenly things slow down. And before you know it, you're completely stuck. You may have an idea for the ending, but not… Continue reading Things to do when you’re stuck in the middle of your novel

author, creative writing, writing

4 Reasons to Read When You Have Writer’s Block

Writer's block. We've (probably) all been there. The words won't come, the ideas fall flat and your motivation falters to a halt. How to combat it? There are plenty of ways. One is simply to write anyway. You could try freewriting, or find a great prompt or go for a walk. And you could also… Continue reading 4 Reasons to Read When You Have Writer’s Block

author, creative writing, writing

Travelling: It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

I have always adored this quote from Ibn Battuta. Let's see it again: “Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” - The Travels of Ibn Battutah As somebody who loves to write and loves to travel, this has always been something I think is entirely true. And I know that not everybody… Continue reading Travelling: It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

author, creative writing, writing

Using Internet Resources to Add Depth to the Scenes in your Novel

Writing is all about imagination, and as writers it's amazing what we can build out of a small, initial idea. And readers are imaginative too, which is why the whole process of reading/writing is so enjoyable. However, it's still important to provide realistic descriptions, to help immerse the reader in the moment. I've spoken before… Continue reading Using Internet Resources to Add Depth to the Scenes in your Novel

author, creative writing, writing

Using Freewriting to Beat Writer’s Block

Good morning wonderful writers, I hope you've had a great week. Mine has been exhausting. I started my new job, and it's extremely full on and quite a large step out of my comfort zone. I am really enjoying it though! While I get used to my new routine (which includes a four hour round… Continue reading Using Freewriting to Beat Writer’s Block

author, creative writing, writing

Ways to Reuse your Characters

Good morning creators of worlds! I hope you've all had a great week. Mine has been typically full of non-creative pursuits, but all things that needed doing. I'm hoping to kick start September with a bit more productivity! I hope it's going to be a great month for you all too. What're your goals? I… Continue reading Ways to Reuse your Characters

author, creative writing, writing

Finding Inspiration in Summer

Good morning storytellers and sun seekers! I hope you've all had a brilliant week. I've been thinking about how long it's been since I added to the 'Finding Inspiration...' series, and what with summer in full swing this seemed like an appropriate theme. There are loads of ways to find inspiration in summer, so I… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in Summer

author, creative writing, writing

Finding Inspiration in the City

Good morning writers, and what a very hot and sunny morning it is (or at least here in England)! I realised this morning that it's been a while since I added to the Finding Inspiration series. I've done a few of these posts encouraging writers to find inspiration in many things. Some previous examples include… Continue reading Finding Inspiration in the City

author, creative writing, writing

Novel Writing: Finishing the Third Draft

Good morning writers. I hope this week is treating you well. Recently, my writing has been on a role, so I'm pleased to say I have finished my third draft! When I say finished, what I really mean is, I have loads of notes, some chapters that need to be written from scratch and a… Continue reading Novel Writing: Finishing the Third Draft

author, creative writing, writing

Creating Characters: Positive and Negative Traits

Morning everybody! I hope you've all had a good week. I am feeling very positive after a week of novel editing, in which I've managed to dedicate a lot of time to my story despite the fact I have been super busy in other areas. As I have been working on my novel writing and… Continue reading Creating Characters: Positive and Negative Traits