Ok right, I acknowledge this blog post may or may not have bloomed from a guilty conscience. I quit my full-time job last year and exchanged it for a part-time job so I could have more time to focus on my writing and figure out what I want to do with my life. It has … More Why it’s OK not to have finished your debut novel yet
In a world where most of us are focused on what we plan to do in the future, or mulling over events from the past, it is a well-known fact that most of us spend a lot of time in a state of autopilot, completely detached from the present moment. Mindfulness aims to bring us back to the present, to reconnect with it, and to take it as it is without judgement. … More Why Practising Mindfulness Makes Me a Better Writer
As we all know, introducing varying levels of conflict throughout your novel is important, and to help you all out, we’ve written a quick list post detailing ways to add it into your novel. Although not all of the below will be relevant to your own writing, hopefully the list will help to highlight the many ways … More Adding Conflict into your Novel: List Post
When it comes to writing a first draft, I may be right in thinking that a lot of people put an unhealthy amount of pressure on themselves to write a smashing one. My sister and I have both been guilty of this and I’m positive that we are not alone. Now I am not far from … More Writing the first draft – Valuable lessons learnt
After reading Part One of this article, you will be well versed in the advantages and disadvantages of Happy, Sad and Bittersweet endings. You may also have a loose idea of how you want your story to end. Yay! This is a good start. However, it is not enough just to know vaguely what will happen. With … More Endings – Part Two: the necessary elements of your third and final act
Hi guys, Just a quick list post detailing several different ways of sneaking that little extra bit of writing time into your life! It’s a bit hypocritical of me as I’ve chosen to write this as opposed to actually getting on with my novel or short stories but oh well…Here goes! 1. Try and write … More How to fit writing into your life
Although I knew writing a novel would be hard, I’m going to be honest and say I didn’t anticipate just how difficult it would really be (stupid right?!). Before I embarked on my writing journey, I assumed that, as long as I planned, outlined and did a little character development, my novel would just fall … More First draft musings: what did I learn?