Characters can without a doubt, make or break a piece of fiction: they are the beating heart of a story. I know from my own experience as a reader that it doesn’t matter how good a concept the story has, or how well plotted it is, if the characters are flat and lifeless. Readers need to care about characters and feel invested in them in order to engage with the story, which is why creating characters can be such a difficult part of writing.
Inspiration is by nature elusive and hard to come by, yet it can make a huge difference to your writing productivity. Any writer knows that it is 100 times easier to sit down and write when your head is buzzing with ideas that you just have to get down, than when your mind is blank and resembles a tumbleweed-strewn desert. But where can you find it? Where does inspiration come from and how can you harness it? These are a few ways I get ideas or get inspired, and I’d… Read more »
‘If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.’ Recently, I finally got round to reading Stephen King’s famous book On Writing. The book is part memoir, with King describing the life events that made him the writer he is, and partly instructional, offering tips and advice about writing. After reading it, I can see why this is a book often considered to be essential reading for writers. It’s inspirational, informative, and infused with enough humour to make… Read more »
Anyone who has ever done any form of writing will know that ideas can come at any time, and anywhere. Apparently inspiration doesn’t care about convenience, and may elude you when you sit down at your desk to write, yet strike when you’re busy paying for your double cheeseburger meal in McDonalds (true story!). Therefore it’s essential that writers have some way of recording and collecting their ideas, because unfortunately even the most inspired of ideas can disappear just as quickly as it came!
Recently, I’ve been feeling kind of uninspired in regards to my writing. I’ve been just about managing to stump up a couple of blog posts a week, but haven’t really done much in the way of fiction, or any non-blog related project, which considering one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to write more, is not great. So what did I do in order to kick-start my creativity? I did what any bookworm would do and consulted with Amazon! Well, I went on there and bought a couple of books… Read more »
In fiction writing there are a few generally agreed rules that anyone who has ever done any kind of Creative Writing course will have probably had drilled into them. But are these ‘rules’ really set in stone? Or are they more like the Pirate Code (well, the one in Pirates of the Caribbean anyway), and more a set of guidelines really? Well here’s three writing rules that I personally think are more guidelines, and are fine to break sometimes (and I’d love to know what you think!):
I think everyone has read one of those books that in theory, should be great: it has an interesting concept, a good plot, a killer twist, skilful world-building if it’s sci-fi or fantasy… but for some reason, something about it just doesn’t click. Although it should be right up your street, it just doesn’t do it for you.
I’m back! I hope you all had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to the start of 2015! In a way, I’m kind of sad to say goodbye to 2014, as it has been a pretty big year for me. The main event was of course graduating from university and entering the ‘real world’ after 17 years in education. I now work full time, and it has been a pretty big transition from ‘student’ to ‘adult’. 2014 was also the year I finally pursued my writing further, starting this… Read more »
Today is the last day of November 2014, and the final day of National Novel Writing Month! So have I successfully completed my 50,000 words? That would be a resounding no! My final word count stands at 42,049, so I’m short of the 50,000 word goal by 7,951. I very briefly caught up on Monday, but then it all went down hill again, and I only managed a few hundred words for the next few days. Then the last couple of days, I have been really busy and haven’t managed to do… Read more »
So, it’s finally happened: I’ve fallen behind. By yesterday I was supposed to have completed 35,000 words, but last night I had just hit 33,088 words, putting me almost 2000 words behind. Now that’s by no means an unrecoverable amount, so there’s still hope that I’ll make it, but it just seems to be getting tougher! I’ve had kind of a busy week this week, and finding the time has been hard, hence why I have been getting behind. Whilst in my last update I was on track, last Saturday was… Read more »