Is your main character always an aspect of yourself – in other words, are your characters just you? I’m not talking about Mary Sue characters – those are bad through and through. What about your characters that are well written – … Continue reading Are your characters always you?
One thing that we messy writers need to learn is this – failure is not fatal. The key thing, as a writer, is to tell interesting stories. It does not matter if you write a story and most people don’t … Continue reading Failure is not fatal
The very best writers are those that have learned to love “necessary mess” as part of their writing process. First drafts: A necessary mess Have you have ever looked at something you have written and thought “oh dear lord, what … Continue reading How professional writers embrace necessary mess
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”?
At this week’s Writers’ Tea and Chat, Karen brought along a collection of items for us to use as prompts for creating a story. I’m still mulling over the best way to turn my item into a story. Which is why … Continue reading Using items as story prompts
We would love you to write for us but should you write for us rather than, say, a publication that pays well? There are good reasons why you should write for us and just as many (if not more) why you should not. If you are unsure if writing an article or story for Thanet Creative is for you, here is a short guide. Continue reading Why you should (not) write for us
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 worrying about active or passive voice
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
As we enter week 2 of our (February) awesome blogger awards we’ve seen some interesting discussion themes starting. Now, let us look forward to the second week. Facts about February Here is a list of the “best” books of February … Continue reading Awesome Blogger Awards – February Week 2
We are now at the end of day 4 of week one of the Awesome blogger awards and a few questions have come up that I need to answer. How do I enter the Awesome Blogger Awards? The Awesome Blogger Awards … Continue reading Awesome Blogger Awards: FAQ
February Week 1 starts tomorrow. Here are the Awesome blogger award topics for the week ahead. Remember that to enter you need to ping (link to this), Trackback, or comment a link to this post. Facts about February Here are … Continue reading Awesome Blogger Awards – February Week 1
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