7 Nifty Editing Tips

For some writers editing is the most loathsome part of the process. For others it’s their favourite. Yet undoubtedly it’s the most important, and given the rise in popularity of self-publishing, it’s more crucial than ever to know how to edit your work.

A Guide To Writing Fight Scenes

On social media, forums and Reddit of late I've seen quite a few people asking about writing fight scenes. So this week, with axes in hand, I thought we'd battle our way through it.

7 Ways To Improve Your Writing

I've learned many harsh lessons since I began writing fiction, all of which have helped me improve as a writer. In this article I thought I'd share how I came to learn those lessons.

Prose: Writing with the Senses

Merely communicating how something looks or sounds isn't enough to bring a story to life. Many people experience things through smells, touch, taste. In fact, these oft forgotten senses are some of the most powerful forms of description, things which can enrich a story and give it life.

Prose: The ‘Dreaded’ Passive Voice

The passive voice was something of a mystery to me when I first began writing. Once I learned about it, panic consumed me like realising I'd not locked the front door while boarding a plane. Everything I'd written up to that point was riddled with it, dripping from sentences like phlegm.

What’s the Plot?

People want to read stories. Your heroic warrior protagonist might have all the depth of the oceans, but if all he does is decapitate orcs, the reader's going to feel pretty headless too.