World building is essential when you're planning a fantasy or sci-fi novel. Especially if your story is set in another world. In this blog post, I'm going to go over the basics you'll need to start planning your world. For more depth and detail, you can watch this video here. There are links at the… Continue reading Just the Basics- World Building #1
It has come to my attention that there are too many different character roles when writing a book. Protagonist, main character, side character, love interest, villain, bad guy, antagonist etc etc. While most are pretty obvious roles, there are some whose roles aren't as clear cut. Today I'm going to be talking about the villains… Continue reading Villain VS Antagonist
Revision seems so simple when you first think about it. Take that awkward sounding sentence and make it not sound awkward. The three times my MC has rolled their eyes in that one scene? Make it one. Need to add some tension? Kill someone. But revision isn't as easy as you first think it is.… Continue reading Revision Woes, or why the Hell is Revision so Difficult?
Writing advice. One things all writers are more than ready to dish out. But there are certain pieces of writing advice that you always hear- you can never seem to get away from it. I'm always in two minds about writing advice, especially ones I see frequently. Because while they can be useful, they can… Continue reading Writing advice debunked
One of the difficult parts of writing is creating three dimensional characters your readers can relate to. Now, writers go about this in different ways- some prefer to fill out things like character questionnaires or the Myer Briggs personality test. Others prefer to leave the character a blank slate and fill in gaps as they… Continue reading The importance of character traits and flaws
Your first draft is the first step in producing a finished novel, and for most writers it's the hardest step to make. It's not just having to come up with a great story idea, great characters and a great setting. It's trying to puzzle together all your plot points into a seamless story. And it's… Continue reading The evils of a first draft, and why they’re not as bad as you think they are
Writing is a difficult business. You get one past one difficult hurdle on your writing journey and discover an even bigger hurdle waiting for you. It's emotional, it's stressful, but it's worth it. Writing certainly has its ups and downs and it can be hard to navigate the road to author without some help. Here are… Continue reading How to survive being a writer