Planning with purpose, writing with focus – a simple framework for effective planning and editing

Having a story goal is paramount to a successful story. Without one, you may have a book but you do not have a story. It gives your characters reason to do what they do, AND it gives you, the writer, a target that propels your story forward and gives it meaning – a reason for … More Planning with purpose, writing with focus – a simple framework for effective planning and editing

National Novel Writing Month – Should I do it and how should I tackle it?

Source Writing 50,000 words in just 29 days. Sounds near enough impossible right? Yet still, year after year, writers from all around the world pledge to complete this mammoth task during the month of November. So, should you do it? Well that all depends on whether or not you fancy a challenge, need a kick … More National Novel Writing Month – Should I do it and how should I tackle it?

“With the fire burning LIKE A LOVELY METAPHOR. ”: top 45 funniest first draft comments (part 2)

In the world of writing, it is well known that most first drafts are kind of rubbish. By rubbish I mean full of holes, lose ends that are in need of tying up and grammatical errors. This is fine and totally normal. When I first begun my writing journey, I worried about starting the first draft … More “With the fire burning LIKE A LOVELY METAPHOR. ”: top 45 funniest first draft comments (part 2)