Turning Ideas Into Words

First Impressions: Protagonists

So, here's what we know about the publishing industry (whether you are interested in traditional publishing or self-publishing): It's incredibly competitive  Writers have about 3 pages to hook a reader Realistically, it's less than 3 pages Did I mention it's INCREDIBLY competitive? I think you get the idea. In the past I have talked about… Continue reading First Impressions: Protagonists


Review: College of Media and Publishing

In January, I set myself a number of goals for the year, one of which was to go on a couple of proofreading and editing courses to hone my skills and put me in a position to offer these services in a professional capacity. I am pleased to report that the first of these courses… Continue reading Review: College of Media and Publishing

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Character Agency

Over the coming weeks, I will be spending some time looking at character types. Before I get into that, let’s think a bit about Character Agency. If you are not familiar with this term, it is essentially the idea that our characters have the ability to make choices (they have agency over their own stories).… Continue reading Character Agency

Short Stories


Introduction This will be my last After Ever After story for a little while. This one I have taken one of my own favourite fairy tales as the jumping-off point – Sleeping Beauty. Disney comes under a lot of scrutiny for the lack of agency given to its early princesses. This is particularly the case… Continue reading Insomnia

Short Stories

The Spinster Queen

Introduction Please note that ‘Spinster’ in the title is using the original meaning of the word, i.e. a woman who spins, rather than the modern meaning of an unmarried woman. This is the third story that I wrote for Christmas 2018, this one for my mum. The story she chose as the jumping off point… Continue reading The Spinster Queen

Short Stories

Goldilocks and the Three Bairns

Introduction This short story was written for my sister, after she nominated Brave as her fairy tale/Disney film of choice. If you didn’t catch last week’s post, in Christmas 2018 I asked my family to pick a fairy tale/Disney film for me to use as stimulus for a short story. The ones my parents nominated… Continue reading Goldilocks and the Three Bairns

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


2020: A Year of Vision

Just after New Year’s Day had dawned, my dad made the comment that 2020 was going to be the Year of Vision. He was making a joke on the fact that perfect vision is 20/20, but there was some poignancy in there as well (possibly inadvertent, it was hard to tell). As I make my… Continue reading 2020: A Year of Vision

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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

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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?