Are you someone who has had a site that's "Coming Soon!" for about three years now? Have you postponed it and neglected it time and again, because you just don't know where to start? And so it remains blank, or worse still, just a dream in your mind. Let me help you get it… Continue reading Get That Site Up Already!
What does it mean to "know the story you want to tell" and how does it help us as writers? It's not about plot and characters. It's so much more than that and I've found real depth and writing satisfaction from my work when I've actually known the story I want to tell. Here's how… Continue reading Knowing The Story You Want To Tell
Have you ever thought about becoming a freelancer? Someone who works for themselves? If so, check out my thoughts on what it takes to be a freelancer...
In life, and in stories, there are often perceived villains: things or people that cause conflict and pain. In regards to stories, I find the most interesting ones to be when there is no villain. No one that we can see, anyway. Today, I wanted to discuss villains in regards to our own lives and… Continue reading The Villains In Our Lives
I wanted to quickly unpack this piece of writing advice: "Write what you know". I've heard it so many times before and I used to think, "Well, that's stupid. I'm writing a fantasy, and so I can't write what I know. I've never been to a fantasy world or fought in wars!" Oh, Siana, how… Continue reading “Write What You Know”
My current work in progress is a novel about five young artists at an art school (university) in England. They've all got their fair share of problems and at the school, they are able to confront these and finally better their lives. I wanted the theme of Identity to be at the centre of the… Continue reading The Three Morals of My Current Story
Starving Artist Lifestyle Most creatives (unless they come from money) believe that they must go through the Starving Artist phase on their journey to success. Worse still, some believe that this is all an artist can ever be. Wrong! Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of Eat, Pray, Love) said something in her book Big Magic that I'll… Continue reading Creatives Have These 3 False Beliefs
*Some of these things work for both young and beginners/amateur writers* *Also, these are things that are less obvious tips. Like it's obvious that writing voluntarily for a local magazine could help you, but what else? What else can help you develop in a less structured way?* Spend a year (at least) working in… Continue reading What Young Writers Should Do To Become Pro (Except Education)
Are you writing a book but you find that you're not actually writing it? Like you have the idea, you've started it, but every time you come to the screen or the notepad, the words just won't come? If so, I might know why... Nothing going on When the book is all you have… Continue reading Why You Can’t Write Your Book
Know myself A lot of people become writers because they're avid readers first. Not me. I only became a big reader later in life. I read when I was younger, but not much. I'm actually ashamed of how little my have-read pile is compared to the must-read pile. I love TV and film and I… Continue reading Why I Write Books: World Book Day Inspired