12 09, 2014

Whose Story is It Anyway? How to Choose Your Narrator

By | 2017-09-05T13:48:10+00:00 September 12th, 2014|Novel Writing|0 Comments

It may be your book, but guess what? It isn’t your story. It’s fun to be the gods of our own fictional worlds. But when it comes to the telling of our tales, who’s doing the telling? It isn’t you. [...]

22 08, 2014

Too Much Information – Are You Over-Explaining in Your Writing?

By | 2017-09-05T13:48:18+00:00 August 22nd, 2014|Novel Writing|0 Comments

I see so many writers commit this writing sin: over-explaining. They tell their reader every detail, elbow in every piece of back-story, unravel every intricacy of the plot. It’s my job to make sure the reader knows what’s going on, they think. It’s [...]

8 08, 2014

One Crucial Thing You Probably Didn’t Realise About Point of View

By | 2017-09-05T13:48:31+00:00 August 8th, 2014|Novel Writing|0 Comments

Point of view. POV. It’s one of those terms you see crop up time and time again in writing syllabuses, how-to guides, books on the craft … You know what POV is (it’s the perspective from which your story is [...]

9 04, 2014

The One Thing That Will Transform Your Writing from Good to GREAT

By | 2017-09-05T13:48:39+00:00 April 9th, 2014|Novel Writing|0 Comments

Okay, I know you’re sceptical that a single thing that can significantly improve your writing … But seriously, if you focus on this one aspect, you will inject your writing with vigour and originality. Master this tool in your writing [...]

27 08, 2013

Working Out Your Budget and Earnings as a Self-Publisher

By | 2017-09-05T13:49:58+00:00 August 27th, 2013|Novel Writing|2 Comments

Trying to figure out how much you're likely to earn as a self-published author is a very tricky topic. Unless you're publishing solely for the pleasure of sending your words out into the world, it's likely that you'll want to [...]

8 08, 2013

Self-Publishing Essentials: How to Know if Your Book is Any Good

By | 2017-09-05T16:11:41+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Novel Writing, Publishing|0 Comments

The first essential step in becoming a successfully published author (self-published or otherwise) is to write a good book. It’s pretty obvious, really. But what constitutes a good book? We could debate this until the cows come home (from wherever [...]

23 06, 2013

5 Steps to Go From Short Story to Novel Writing

By | 2017-09-05T16:12:54+00:00 June 23rd, 2013|Novel Writing|1 Comment

It's useful to build your storytelling muscle by writing short stories before you attempt to write a novel. A lot of novelist start out this way. But writing a novel is very different from writing a short story, so once you've flexed [...]

16 06, 2013

The Difference Between Short Story and Novel Writing

By | 2017-09-05T16:14:36+00:00 June 16th, 2013|Novel Writing|9 Comments

Many writers start with short stories before they move onto novel writing. Kind of a walk-before-you-can-run thing. Short stories are great to start with because they take less time to write and usually require a less complicated structure, letting you develop [...]

2 06, 2013

Alternative Ways to Achieve the Benefits of a Creative Writing MA

By | 2017-09-05T13:50:30+00:00 June 2nd, 2013|Novel Writing|0 Comments

A few years ago, I completed a masters' degree in creative writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. It was a fantastic experience, but an expensive one, too. Here's my take on the main benefits of the MA, and alternative ways you [...]