A Writer’s Tool Shed

Knowing When to Re-write

When all you have for counsel is yourself, you can never be sure if a re-write is the right thing to do. What if the original version is better? What if I've made it worse? There are, however, some things we can do to help make this crucial and difficult decision a little easier.

New Flash Fiction Section Added to List of Publishers of Short Fantasy Fiction

The title says it all, really. I've added a flash fiction section to my list of publishers for short fantasy fic. There are about ten on there so far. I'll keep adding to it over the next few days and weeks. Click here to view the list   As always, if you know of any… Continue reading New Flash Fiction Section Added to List of Publishers of Short Fantasy Fiction

One of Them Yearly Reviews

A look back at a 2018 filled with twists and turns, and a glance into the hazy future of 2019

Getting To Grips With 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.

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...

The Most Hated Writing ‘Rules’

All this discombobulating has given me an idea: an examination of these rules from the perspective of those 'bound' by them, the writers. What rules do you detest most? What do you find yourself breaking often? What ones do you not see the point of? Which do you regard as outdated and no longer relevant?

Character Plotting

I’m a bit of a planner when it comes to writing. I need a framework, something to help keep my eye on the end game. Before I begin any story or chapter it has to be planned in as much detail as possible. In the past, most of my planning focused on plot. Moving the story from A to B. While I include character development in this, it never had much of a focal point.

The Importance of Premise

It's interesting how attitudes change. When I first began writing I viewed plot as the most important element of a story. If characters live a static existence, then what's the point? The more time I invested in improving my writing, I realised the error of my ways. Character is, in fact, king. It's their conflicts,… Continue reading The Importance of Premise

Keep on Truckin’

Writing can be like a game of snakes and ladders. You inch your way toward the top, only for a snake to appear and banish you to the pits of misery. That’s how it feels, anyway.

What is the magic formula for success?

A World-Building Treasure Trove

In September I spent two weeks travelling around Ireland. I’ve visited plenty times before, but I’ve never explored. I went with the intention of trying to see anything and everything I could. I barely scratched the surface. Exploration is a tremendous source of inspiration for writing, and for the fantasy writer, inspiration for world-building. It’s… Continue reading A World-Building Treasure Trove