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
Mental illness is a topic that has long fascinated writers. Mental illness has been the topic of many different stories, with varying degrees of accuracy and success. One hurdle we writers must overcome to tell an authentic story is how we … Continue reading Writers Explore: Mental Illness
I could give you advice on writing better (in general) but as I am still learning, here is what the experts are saying. We recently asked what makes a good writer? Here are some tips (mostly from other people) on how … Continue reading Advice on writing better
Hack writing is the fastest way to go from interesting story to trite and boring without really trying. In almost all cases hack writing is a result of lazy storytelling often combined with a failure to write for the reader. How … Continue reading How many of these hack writing techniques are you guilty of?
Female characters. For whatever reason, they do not get the same page time as their male counterparts. There are no good reason for it aside from perhaps a lack of understanding of how to write a compelling female character. Following … Continue reading How to write interesting and compelling female characters
What makes a good writer? Specifically, what does it take to make you a good writer? This post is inspired by Thanet Writer and author, Matthew Munson’s blog post. I took his main points and examined them one by one to … Continue reading What makes you a good writer?