So many people talk about your 'writing voice' but what is it? How do you develop it? And, let's be honest, does it actually matter all that much?
So many new writers end up throwing the towel in. They were under the impression that anyone with paper and a pen can be a writer but it turns out that writing is just so *hard* sometimes. Well, yes. It's true. But as with everything, a little discipline can go a long way.
It turns out plotting is not just for evil geniuses, it’s for writers too (though whether they are the same thing I leave to your discernment). Plots are many things: pieces of land, dastardly plans, or that really important thing in your novel that you need to work out. It will be no surprise that it's the latter we'll be looking at (for now).
What is a theme? How do you choose one? And is it the same as the message of a book? All excellent questions. . .
Tenses can make a difference to your story, emphasising different elements and changing the atmosphere. Here is a basic introduction to the three tenses and their strengths and weaknesses.
One of the questions I often hear writers asking is what genre their book is. Here's a quickfire introduction to genres within fiction, what genre is, and why it matters.