Archive for the ‘Nuts and bolts of writing’ Category

How to Write Your Second Book

December 7th, 2013 2 comments

Writing a book can be a daunting prospect, even if you’ve done one before. In today’s post Bryan Cohen, author and creative coach, let’s us in on a little secret to writing your second book. First-time authors will be interested to read this too.

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Why Your Abandoned Project Was Still Worth It

July 2nd, 2013 No comments

After last week’s list of reasons to abandon your project, I thought I should share some ways that your project was not a complete waste of time! Read more…

Five Good Reasons To Abandon Your Writing Project

June 25th, 2013 No comments

We don’t need any encouragement to quit a project and start something else – us creatives are fickle! But there might be a good reason to do just that. Read more…

Welcome to the Character Creation Screen

January 8th, 2013 3 comments

Time to examine one of my weaknesses and talk about character. Read the writing techniques I’ve used to force depth from shallow waters! Read more…

What I Learnt From Failing – Part One of Infinite

November 27th, 2012 1 comment

I’d like to take a step back and really examine some of the basics of writing, really get down to brass tacks, so to speak. The reason? Well, this week, during a bit of back and fourth on a long gestating collaborative project, I felt like the project had burst, and I couldn’t take it any further. Read more…

How To Begin Your Story

November 20th, 2012 3 comments

There is a raft of advice out there for what the first paragraph of your story should contain. But I’ve raked through the internet so you don’t have to! Distilled advice and links within! Read more…

How to End Your Story

November 6th, 2012 2 comments

So you are coming to the end of your story, and you feel anxious. Great! Me too! And so I’ve scoured the internet for tips. Let’s take a look. Read more…

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“Show Don’t Tell” – A Rule Made To Be Broken?

September 15th, 2012 6 comments

“Show don’t tell” is a writing maxim as tired as “write what you know”, or “writers write”. But it seems whenever it’s mentioned the writer tells you to take the rule with a pinch of salt or flat out ignore it altogether! What’s the deal? Read more…

Redefining Scenes: Why a Scene is Not What You Think it is

August 25th, 2012 2 comments

Scenes are an important way of dividing your story, both so it’s easier to read and easier to write. But a scene is so much more than that! On K. M. Weiland’s blog, Justine Schofield redefines scenes in a way that focusses on their real purpose. Here’s my take. Read more…

Ruminations on Destiny and Peril

June 2nd, 2012 No comments

So I’ve been thinking a lot about content recently. Not the whole process of writing, but about what is actually written. This has been spurred by a number of things, different influences and so fourth, but it did give me some serious thought about the role of destiny in your story. Read more…