It’s something that is often grained into us, not only as writers but in everyday life: strive for perfection. But is this mantra really attainable? Never. Could the journey to perfection damage our opportunities for good writing instead? Absolutely! Should we just give up in striving for excellence? No. The first problem in the idea […]
Get to know the brute that is Derry Riordan, Catriona’s controlling and abusive uncle and IRA Commander.
Writing is simply not the act of writing. It’s about communicating. And how do you communicate effectively? You have to talk to your audience. To do this, you have to find your voice. This is something easier said than done. So, where do you start? Here are a few simple points to focus on to gradually […]
The third character spotlight focuses on Busara Ayabei, Catriona Riordan’s closest friend and ally…
To plan or not to plan, that is the question. It’s a decision faced by all writers before they put pen to paper: whether to plan their entire story or work it out as you go and see where it takes you. I’ve experimented with both approaches and one is not superior to the other, […]
Get to know the reclusive man Ronan Rafferty in his character spotlight!
Just like the first two novels of Kevin Kwan’s crazy rich series, Rich People Problems is a deliciously fun read that once again makes the reader both laugh and cringe at the crazy but real characters written between its pages. I promise no spoilers, but as it says in the blurb in this final chapter of the […]
The first Character Spotlight, detailing main character Catriona Riordan a.k.a The Scarlet Fox. Get to know the woman and the soldier…
As writers, procrastination is our form of kryptonite. As I sit here writing this post, I’ve had to force myself to start typing. For two weeks now, I’ve been stuck in a procrastinating rut, blissfully ignoring the nagging flicker in the back of my brain that says I need to write another blog post, to […]
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. – Ernest Hemingway As writers, we’ve all had the same frustration. You want to express something meaningful on paper but it just seems impossible to translate it from your brain and make it sit comfortably on the page. You stare at […]