Real Writing Stories #3: My Writing Day – Caroline Barden

Real Writing Stories returns with a fresh instalment. Continuing with the series My Writing Day, I'm delighted to introduce friend and fellow writer, Caroline Barden. Caroline is a writer and professional proof-reader. Her work has featured in The Guardian newspaper and recently she was victorious in the Writing on the Wall flash fiction competition. If… Continue reading Real Writing Stories #3: My Writing Day – Caroline Barden

Real Writing Stories #2: My Writing Day – Forest Wells

Real Writing Stories returns for its second installment. This week, with the help of writer Forest Wells, I'm launching a new weekly feature called My Writing Day. Readers of The Guardian newspaper may have seen this before. A writer shares their average writing day—the process, the distractions, the strife, the achievements. The Guardian however looks at the writing days of more well-known writers only. They're very insightful and inspirational pieces, but I think the stories of other writers at different stages in their journeys can be more interesting and relatable.

Time Management (infographic)

Not so long ago I looked at the bastard that is procrastination. After reading it, an excellent writer and blogger by the name of Jack Milgram got in touch. Jack has very kindly put together an infographic to help with time management. I'm sure we all feel we could use a few extra hours in the day. Well, Jack's infographic may just be what you need.

Plotting: Architectural Suspense

We've all read that novel where at some point you put it down and forget it ever existed until you trip over it one day and then in a state of annoyance donate it to the charity shop. It failed to grip you, to compel you to go on. Often the culprit is a lack of suspense—the glue that binds the reader’s hands to the covers.

Creative writing lectures

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Real Writing Stories: Part One

The stories of fellow writers really inspire me to keep bashing away at the keyboard. Learning about other people's journeys, the difficulties they've encountered and overcome, their unwaivering passion for writing, can help me get through days when I feel like giving up.

Exciting news!

Today is turning out to be a busy day. Over at r/Fantasy I'm in the firing line for Writer of the Day where you can ask me anything you like. Click here here to check it out. We're kicking things off about 1pm GMT. And I'm very excited to announce that Ducks is now available… Continue reading Exciting news!

Crushing NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is once more upon us and the excitement is building. Here are a few of the best tips I've picked up from taking part to help you prepare to crush that 50k word target.

Writer’s Resources: List of fantasy publishers (short fiction)

It's a stormy Monday, but I have something to banish the clouds. I'm delighted to announce the creation of my Writer's Resources page. Here I'll be adding any bits of info to help you on your quest, and I could think of no better way to kick things off than with a table of fantasy publishers (short fiction).

Maintaining Focus

Procrastination has been so widely discussed in the writing community I know it's not just me that suffers from this curse. Countless hours lost to daydreaming, scrolling through mundanity on the web, reading news articles on subjects I've never once shown an interest in. Sometimes I sit there ready to go and a thought pops into my mind. I've not cleaned those fish tanks in a few weeks. Another forty minutes goes by. Think of all the words that could have been written?