novel writing

First (Possibly) Annual Bloggers Bash – It’s On.

First (Possibly) Annual Bloggers Bash

Seeing as I offered to organise a get together, I should probably put my money where my mouth is and do some actual organising.

Sorry to those across the pond – I’m still working on the technology involved in that part, so this is for the European lot – unless those across the pond fancy a trip to the UK for a summer vacation that is…

Drum Roll please…… (more…)

The 6 Most Sinister Villain Personalities – Crafting Villains #4

Some villains are just plain nuts, right? Wrong. On a serious note, whether its done consciously or not, I think there are some illnesses and mental disorders that often sit behind some of the greatest villains. Understanding these disorders and their sometimes comorbid nature allows us to create more authentic villains. I want to tread carefully here, I think it’s important to respect mental health and the sufferers, importantly, I am not suggesting people or characters with mental health issues are villains or antagonists, just that some of the great villains have these disorders.

There are some important lessons we can learn from these illnesses which can help us to being authenticity to our characters. Having an awareness of these disorders can give you insight, genuine reactions, and understanding of what the source of their conflict can be – which gives you more plot and more depth to your characters.  (more…)

Interview with Author Dylan Hearn

Dylan Hearn

Interview slots are now closed until September 1st, when I am opening the slots up for author book release and promotions (i.e. without the interview).

I had the pleasure of being recommended Second Chance by Geoff Le Pard, which is now sitting high up on my list of to read. I then stumbled across a particular post of Dylan’s, ‘You Know You’re A Writer When‘ and after a fit of giggles and eye rolling because I did most of the things on his list, I knew I wanted to interview him. You can find his blog here. I am delighted to present an interview with Dylan Hearn: (more…)

Writing Challenge Entries #7

Writing challenge entries

It’s with sadness tinged with a little excitement that I say this is my last weekly writing summary for a few weeks. I am cutting my posts down in order to focus on finishing my novel. But I will store up any challenges I complete and do a bumper post at the end of next month.

Esther Newton my wonderful tutor has a weekly writing challenge, last week her challenge was: There’s scope for you to write a longer story (a length of your own choosing) but it must feature the following words: ‘obstinate’, ‘lemon’, ‘diabolical’, ‘guzzling’ and ‘suave’.

Here’s my entry: (more…)

10 Life Hacks For The Efficient Writer

Life Hacks

Do you ever need just five more minutes in your day? Maybe you want to edit another post, or write a short, or a piece of flash for a competition. But you just don’t seem to have enough time. I’m writing this post, because I always need more time. I’m pretty good at being efficient. But I could be better. I know I could squeeze another half hour out my day. But how when I’m a busy worker bee, mother, wife, friend, chef, cleaner…. Etc etc?! (more…)

Interview with Author Amalie Jahn

Amalie Jahn

Interview slots are now closed until September 1st, when I am opening the slots up for author book release and promotions.

I had the pleasure of meeting Amalie through twitter and her wonderful author live chats.

You can find Amalie on her website, and her book website, FacebookTwitter or Goodreads (more…)

Secrets of Antiheroes – Master Villains or Master Heroes?

AntiHero

What is it about Anti Heroes that is so damn appealing? I can’t help myself. If the protagonist is an antihero I am like a salivating dog. I cant get enough of whatever it is I am reading or watching. I’m a self-confessed Antihero Addict. I want to explore what it is about them that we all love so much. (more…)

Writing Challenge Entries #6

Writing challenge entries

Another week gone by means another weeks worth of writing challenges.

Esther’s challenge this week was to: Write a ten-word story, using the words ‘bamboozled’, ‘banoffee’, ‘Horatio’, ‘afro’ and ‘twerk’.

here’s my entry: (more…)

Nurture Yourself in the Pursuit of Perfection #1000speak

Nurture Yourself in The Pursuit of Perfection #1000speak

There used to be a time when I would accept nothing less than perfection. I still fight the frustration when I’m not completely perfect.

I’ve come to believe perfectionism it’s a disease. An infection that slowly eats away at your skin until it buries itself into your bone and spreads to every corner of your body like an angry cancer. The growing niggle questioning whether perfectionism is something to be strived for, or maybe, abhorred has become a raging monster, and now, a blog post… (more…)

Author Interview With Geoff Le Pard

Geoff Le Pard

Interview slots are now closed until September 1st, when I am opening the slots up for author book release and promotions.

Geoff is one of my favourite bloggers. I had the pleasure of meeting Geoff… actually  I can’t remember how, but I am sure he can tell me, he has an astonishing capacity for remembering… well, everything actually. He tells fascinating tales of his and his families history on his blog… He also gives teasers for his books, blogs a novel in instalments. He is also a prolific weekly writing challengee, and without trying to give him a big head, he really is rather witty and a real advocate for the writing community, you simply must go look…

You can find Geoff on his blog or on twitter, and I strongly recommend you do go find him.

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