Over on Fiction University, I found (amongst others) a huge list of ways to assist with the generation of story ideas. There are quite a few, but this post helpfully draws them together in one user-friendly list. Check it Out... Ideas and Brainstorming That first rush of an idea is always fun, but sometimes the … Continue reading Generating Ideas For Your Next Novel – Fiction University
I've been kicking around a few story ideas and what I've noticed is that they don't all neatly fit into one genre, but there are some commonalities in some of them. I've never really written fantasy, haven't read much in that genre since I was a lot younger, so I did a bit of digging … Continue reading A GUIDE TO WRITING MAGIC SYSTEMS – Fantasy-Hive
As creative people, we all need to take a chance from time to time. Archer's Aim has some good points on how we can manage those risks... Many of us write stories with protagonists who start out as timid persons, only to realize their potential by the of the book. When charting the hero’s journey, … Continue reading Risk-Taking in the Face of Uncertainty — Archer’s Aim
I started off writing several years ago with micro fiction, at under 250 words. At the time, it felt the most comfortable and safe way to go about things - did I want to invest time in something that people might hate? Also, I didn't think I had enough to say to make a story … Continue reading How Long Should Your Story Be?
Something a little extra today. Last week as one of my six word horror stories, I offered: The door shook. It wouldn't hold. I posted this to my facebook page and added the picture: I asked if people had any other six word suggestions, and got several good ones, which I'll share later. But what … Continue reading Six Word Horror Saturday – Plotting or Planning? How To Plot A Novel The Six Word Way!
Many of us are used to deadlines. They make sense, right? Someone needs us to complete something, so they tell us when they need it to be done, and …Want to write a novel? 3 reasons you need to be setting deadlines (for yourself, that is!)
Jut read a post from Author Nicholas Rossis about adding life to you locations. My current WIP is set mainly in one location, but I want to ensure I set that one location up in the bed way possible. Nicholas post is a summary of another which he recommends you read as well, but for … Continue reading 6 Tips for Adding Life to Your Locations [Reblog] Nicholas Rossis
I came across a post recently about 'crutch' words - words that we sometimes lean on when perhaps others would be better, or better yet, the sentence that they're in needs revising. Typically, I lost track of that post, but Today I came across a very similar post from Audrey Driscoll, talking about one such … Continue reading To Be Or Not To Be? Maybe Not! [Reblog] – Audrey Driscoll
I came across a blog post last week that was a reblog of a reblog. My first thought was 'that's got to be a good article, so I skipped over to the originator's site and had a read and discovered the post you see beneath, from author Kirsten Lamb. For me, the magic word was … Continue reading 5 Newbie Mistakes that Will KILL a Perfectly Good Story – Reblog (Kirsten Lamb)
March is over, and time for a recap on what has happened in the last four weeks, both with my writing, but also with my health. If you're here for the writing updates and info on what I've learned, that bit comes first, as it should. I can't lie, MS is a huge part of … Continue reading Diary of an Author With Multiple Sclerosis – March 2019