The advice “show; don’t tell” is readily dished out by writers. Which is all well and good if you happen to know what on Earth they mean by that. The truth is that once you see the difference you can easily … Continue reading What do you mean “show; don’t tell”?
When you get into writing stories, sooner or later people come along that try to fill your head with all sorts of nonsense about what every story “needs”. Most of the time, they are well-intentioned but wrong. You may have … Continue reading The basics of every story ever
This post is about “active voice” and “passive voice” in writing. I will show you why you should not worry about them. The truth is that while the active and passive voice can both be worth knowing about, they are … Continue reading Stop worring about active or passive voice
Crafting a unique character with an interesting character backstory is quite easy – all you need to do is ask yourself the right questions. I wrote on my own blog that running an RPG game is very similar to writing … Continue reading Crafting a character backstory like an RPG player
Any story can be broken down into scenes and each scene works in the same way. You probably know that way very well – one or more persons want something and they encounter one or more problems stand between the … Continue reading The scene and scene-sequel
Writer’s block – when you don’t have it and the muse is with you it is great and when she runs off and you feel blocked it sucks. How do you overcome writer’s block? This post is inspired by a … Continue reading Overcoming Writer’s Block
If you come to Thanet Creative’s events for writers, sooner or later you may be asked to be a test reader. Test reading, commonly called beta reading, is the cornerstone of a good critique group. Offering solid feedback to a … Continue reading Three questions every test reader should ask
I am about to share with you a secret that successful bloggers all instinctively know but few understand – cooperative blogging. What is cooperative blogging? Cooperative blogging is when two or more bloggers conspire to cover the same topic. Usually, they do … Continue reading What is cooperative blogging?
Your writing will only ever be as good as you let it become. This year (2018) your writing gets better. Just follow our simple guide. For as long as you continue to write in the same way and tell the … Continue reading This is the year your writing gets better
In a story, there are five types of antagonist. Only one of those is what you would consider a “bad guy” in any way. A story without conflict is not interesting but did you know that there are four other … Continue reading The five types of antagonist
This post is about the business of writing because writing is a business. I’m going to do my best to look at the numbers of publishing. Author Buzz UK talked about the shocking truth of author earnings earlier this year. … Continue reading The Business of Writing
Do magic systems in fiction need rules? I don’t know. But I do know that Brandon Sanderson, an author that has written a lot of books, has three (four) rules for how to write magic. What is magic? Magic is whatever … Continue reading Brandon Sanderson’s rules of magic