Short Stories

After Ever After

Introduction For Christmas 2018, I asked my family to name their favourite fairy tale or Disney film, and from their answers I wrote a short story for each of them looking at what happened after “Happily Ever After” had been uttered. Well, I did for the stories based on my parents’ choices. The one for… Continue reading After Ever After

Turning Ideas Into Words

Dialogue 2.0

Just over a year ago, my best friend and fellow writer, Sarah Jayne Tanner, kindly wrote a guest post for me on the subject of Dialogue. It was such a good piece that I didn’t feel the need to revisit the subject in my own blog topics for a while. If you haven’t read it,… Continue reading Dialogue 2.0

Turning Ideas Into Words

What took you so long?

If you follow me on Twitter, or follow this blog, you may have seen over the last couple of weeks that I FINALLY finished the first draft of my first novel. I say “FINALLY” because in total it took me about 12 years to complete. Rather than just share my excitement at its completion, I… Continue reading What took you so long?

Personal Challenge

Challenge Update: 1st Oct to 16th Nov

So, at the start of October, I set myself the challenge of writing 4,200 words a week with the goal of finishing the first draft of my novel by June next year. For more details on the challenge itself, here’s the link to the post that started this madness! I am now seven weeks into… Continue reading Challenge Update: 1st Oct to 16th Nov

Blog

#CharacterCharades

I am celebrating this week! I have been struggling with one of the characters in my current Work In Progress, but I have finally had a break-through in his development and it has had a massive impact on the direction of my book (not to mention my mood). This guy (and I will get on… Continue reading #CharacterCharades

Turning Ideas Into Words

The Name Game: Places

It seems quite appropriate to be looking at naming fictional places this week, as I have just spent some time over the last few days re-naming one of the places in my current Work In Progress (more on that later). First of all, apologies for the August hiatus. I would like to say this was… Continue reading The Name Game: Places

Turning Ideas Into Words

Outlining A Novel

I say half a lesson because the analogy is not a perfect one (as you will see), but it is an image I quite frequently relate to when it comes to my writing. Quirrell came back out from behind the Mirror and stared hungrily into it. “I see the stone… I’m presenting it to my… Continue reading Outlining A Novel

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World Building: Human

Last week, I started looking at world building in fiction. This may seem like an arduous task, but if you are a Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer it is, to some extent, unavoidable. In last week’s post, I looked at the physical world, what will essentially be the foundation of your fictional creation, the places your characters will… Continue reading World Building: Human

Turning Ideas Into Words

World Building: Physical

I am a Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer and as such, world building comes with the territory. Even if the project I am working on is based in the real world, inevitably, there will be at least one element to set it apart. It could be something simple like a mirror that takes you into parallel realities (why… Continue reading World Building: Physical

Reviews

Review: The Savior’s Champion

Take the heroism and setting of classics such as Gladiator, Ben Hur, or Spartacus. Mix in the savagery, violence, and strong language of Game of Thrones (taken to the next level in terms of language). Top it off with a hint of magic and a healthy dose of romance. And hey-presto! You have The Savior’s… Continue reading Review: The Savior’s Champion