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
I have to confess that I struggle with creating a vivid sense of place sometimes. Usually when the setting is relatively mundane – some town, some house, someone’s back garden. To help me overcome this weakness, I’ve looked at what the … Continue reading Writing a sense of place according to the Internet
In honour of NaNoWriMo, let’s take a look at one of those topics that writers tend to Google far too much – disposing of a dead body. Let’s be honest, if anyone took a look at the search history of … Continue reading Writers Explore: Disposing of a dead body
Who else has heard of NaNoWriMo? If you have yet to encounter it, this is your introduction to something that will take you nought to novel author in just 30 days. NaNoWriMo, or the National Novel Writing Month is a challenge … Continue reading Do you NaNoWriMo?
If you are looking for an audience for your stories you could do a lot better than targeting white able-bodied blokes. That market is already saturated. There are a lot of people hoping to read about people like themselves. You … Continue reading Why we need to write fewer white male protagonists
In this post, I am going to take a brief look at constructing the idea of Alien Numbers in your alien world. World building your alien world is a topic I hope to visit a few times. Perhaps not to the … Continue reading World Building: Alien Numbers