Writing a story can be hard work (and here I speak from experience, unfortunately). You can have an amazing idea to work with, a fantastic central character and a dastardly villain, but then… you hit a wall. How do you start? What’s the main plotline? What happens where, and what if I think of some… Continue reading How to plan out your story
It’s about time for a short and unrelated blog, this time about writing. Like most booklovers, I love the written word- so much, in fact, that when I moved to London for my first ever Adult Job it was to a bookshop. The stacks of free proof copies, the chance to meet authors and be… Continue reading Why do I write?
Having enough time to read all the books I want to is a daily (and real) struggle for me. On the commute, Sometimes, when you’re on the go, holding a book to your face just isn’t practical enough (more’s the pity). When disaster strikes, having all of your favourite reads condensed into several hours of… Continue reading The top eight podcasts for book lovers
Getting published can be a tricky business- especially if you’re a first-time author. After all, JK Rowling was rejected by fifteen publishers before landing the book deal that would make her famous, and the same can be said for the thousands of undiscovered masterpieces waiting out there. How can you take the extra step and… Continue reading The Top Writing Competitions for Debut Authors
Ah, the writer’s curse. You’re five pages into the story of your dreams, everything’s going swimmingly, and then…stop. Something happens: you run into a particularly thorny plot point, you don’t have a clue where to take your character next, or you just run out of steam. All three of those things have happened to me… Continue reading Five Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
We’ve all been there. You’re watching television, or reading a book, and bang- you’ve got an idea that you want to write about. A story that will shake the literary world to its foundations. And, quite naturally, you want to share your genius with the rest of the Internet. Why not? Bestselling authors like Sarah… Continue reading The Best Writing Sites to Publish On
If you’re anything like me, you love to write but you find yourself adrift in a world where people don’t often want to talk about it. How many hours have I spent hunched over my laptop only to be met with blank incomprehension when I start telling my friends about it? Too many, frankly. Being… Continue reading The Best Writing Communities To Join