In my final year of high school, we were set a writing prompt: Shooting Stars. We could do whatever we liked with it as long as we had a story at the end with that title. Looking back, Mrs B. must have dreaded my essays. I never was one for taking things at face value and, needless to say, I dismissed out of hand the common classroom themes of wish fulfilment. That essay is finally coming of age this summer.
Where the computer fails you, there are always editors and proofreaders. A good editor is a writer's best friend. With such good technology these days, do you actually need to be good at spelling and grammar to be a writer?
'Write everyday!' It's one of the most famous pieces of writing advice. I make the case both ways but it's up to you to decide: Is writing every day right for you?
It's February, so we continue the conversation about romance in fiction. Apparently there's more to relationships than rippling muscles and fluttering eyelashes, so what makes for a believable love interest?
There's a saying, 'everyone has a book in them'. I'm not sure how true it is. It's one of those things that people say to you when they find out you like to write. But what makes a writer? And how do I know I am one?
Well another year gone, another year comes. Here's a summary of 2018 and some goals for the coming year.
If you’re a writer with any sort of contact at all with the writing world, you’ll know that November is coming. Not only will you be aware that November is coming, you will be aware of what that means: NaNoWriMo.
People thinks and say such silly things sometimes, we're all guilty of it. But here are ten common misconceptions the rest of the world has about writers.
I am of a generation that had to be taught to use computers. Don't get me wrong, they're immensely useful but for most of history, books were painstakingly written by hand. Is one method better than the other though?
A lot of people don’t know that I write. They just know that I’m good at essays and I have a blog. Most of them have never read either which suits me fine. It’s funny though, when the subject of blogs comes up, people often ask me why I do it. Well, here's the answer.