Showing vs Telling

A lot of writers ask about this one. What is showing, and what is telling? This is a quick guide you can use on your finished manuscript. Let’s start: Search for words like Scared, Hungry, Sad, Happy, in Love, Excited, Devastated, Cold, Angry. Now if you find you have used these words to describe a […]

Trigger Warning – desperation

Teaser extract from Trigger Warning Brooke never knew hunger could be so painful. Driving through the morning mist, she entered the main strip of Whitestead, her stomach screaming for something to eat. Every sign advertising any food displayed a higher price than her meagre five-dollar note. She didn’t even feel like thinking about Lee and […]

Trigger Warning – no way out

Teaser extract from Trigger Warning With the black mask pulled down over her face, Brooke walked with a racing heart through the doors of the gas station. The bright lights inside made her squint as she turned to look at the man behind the counter. His mouth shifted from a smile to a loud gasp […]

Why it is OKAY to pay for publishing

After months of research, and taking advantage of study material on the publishing industry, I decided to answer a few common questions about paying for publishing. I understand that people have their own opinions, and if you strongly believe you should not have to pay for anything, then I respect that, that is a personal […]

Publishing Models

It’s 2017, and the publishing industry has changed. Dramatically so. Being a writer in 2017 is not very different to being a writer in 1990. But, we have a range of different options when it comes to taking that next step and publish our precious books. I am going to list the different options, and […]

Rewriting – 3 tips

I present to you 3 tips on how to bring your story to life Your first draft can be bad, granted, but when it is time to go back and bring your characters and your plot to life, there are a few things to keep in mind. Info Dumps Don’t, just don’t include any info […]

Dialogue tags – a quick guide

A lot of writers now a days are concerned about the fact that they use ‘said’ a lot in their story, and for a good reason, it is normally used a lot! I am here to tell you it is not only okay to use ‘said’ – it is recommended – but there are ways […]

Rules of Magic

Magic is fun to write. Who hasn’t at some stage in their lives wished they had magical powers? Wishes coming true! Now you have your own fantasy world and want to implement magic into it, great! There are a few things you need to ask yourself before you begin, this post is basically just a […]

Villains

Your villain is the ultimate drive of your story. Without him/her, there wouldn’t be much left for your hero/heroine to accomplish, would it? A villain can be portrayed in many different ways, and I have some advice up my sleeve. Realistic Again, the subject of realism comes into play. A reader wants to escape into […]

Religions

Religion can be fun, especially if you create them yourself. Who haven’t dreamed of a perfect religion, one where you are the God? You create, you make your characters believe in it, and you let your imagination flow. But, how can you avoid plot holes in your religion? Keep reading. The Gods First things first, […]