There are times when your plot calls for things to go one way but your characters want to steer your plot another direction. Do you want to know how to steer your plot in the direction you have determined? And … Continue reading How to use the scene-sequel cycle to steer your plot
Getting started as a writer can often be the most intimidating part of the whole writing process. However, getting started need not be too much of a big deal. In this post, I hope to show you that the most … Continue reading Getting Started with Story Writing
Where do you write and when do you write? This is something that has always fascinated me about other writers. When and where they do the actual writing. For me, writing is something I do at home when the room … Continue reading When and where do you write?
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