5 Mistakes Men Can Make When When Writing Women Characters [Guest Post]

Today I’m delighted to introduce Savannah Cordova, a talented writer with Reedsy. Savannah has tackled a topic I follow both with interest and despair. … Read More >5 Mistakes Men Can Make When When Writing Women Characters [Guest Post]

What Is Passive Voice?

A few weeks ago, I published the results of a bit of research looking at the writing ‘rules’ loathed most by writers. Topping that list was the rule: ‘never use the passive voice.’ This post deconstructs the passive voice in a bid to see why it’s so loathed. … Read More >What Is Passive Voice?

The Most Hated Writing ‘Rules’ – The Results

Franzen’s list of ‘rules’ touched a nerve with many writers. I wanted to find out why. Here are the results of a bit of research… … Read More >The Most Hated Writing ‘Rules’ – The Results

Plotting: The Crucible

The crucible is one of the simplest and most effective plotting tools. At its core is the relationship between the protagonist and the antagonist. The conflict they share spawns plot. It illustrates wonderfully the interwoven relationship enjoyed between character and plot. … Read More >Plotting: The Crucible

Online Writing Groups

The writing game can be a lonely one, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, working with others can improve your writing tremendously. It can be quite tricky finding fellow writers nearby to meet up with, but the internet has made that a whole lot easier. Hundreds, if not thousands of writing groups exist online. No longer do writers have to sit alone in their bedroom reading work aloud to their cats. But it still can be quite difficult to find the right writing group for you. So here’s a list of all those I’m aware of. … Read More >Online Writing Groups

[Guest Post] On The Train to Know Where

I’m delighted to introduce novelist Gene Rosen who’s put together a satirical story on the click bait articles we all fall victim to. You know the ones, “3 ways to get published in a week”, “5 tips to make you write like Orwell.” You click on them and learn sweet F.A. Enough of me, over to Gene. … Read More >[Guest Post] On The Train to Know Where

[Guest Post] Spirituality and Magic in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

I’m delighted to introduce Ed White, writer of creative and visionary fiction, who’s contributing to the blog this week with an insightful post on a significant subject in SFF: spirituality and religion. Enjoy! … Read More >[Guest Post] Spirituality and Magic in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

5 Invaluable Pieces of Writing Advice

Not long ago I read an article, the title something along the lines of “The Best Books for Aspiring Writers”. One of them was a book you may have heard of: Letters to a Young Writer by award-winning writer, Colum McCann. Each time I pick it up it fills me with inspiration to write, its pages filled with practical and philosophical advice on the craft, some of which I’ve found tremendously helpful. There’s a chance you may do too. So in this post, you’ll find five of my favourite bits of advice so far. … Read More >5 Invaluable Pieces of Writing Advice