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 […]
Getting an audience is hard. Sustaining an audience is hard. It demands a consistency of thought, of purpose, and of action over a long period of time. – Bruce Springsteen The concept of an audience was something I rarely thought about when I first started writing my novel. I imagined that I could write a […]
It’s the one phrase that is often first taught to writers: Only write what you know. Almost every English teacher I’ve ever had has weighed the importance of this rule upon my shoulders. When it came to submitting a piece of writing they would say, “Keep the plot simple” and “Only write what you have […]
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.” – Tyrion Lannister, A Game of Thrones As a writer, I now take that saying as law. If you don’t take the time to read, to explore the written word, then you are not a writer. It may […]
Just under a year ago I finally began to undertake the task I had always promised myself I would, the personal assignment that I’d been driving myself to do since I was five-years-old: to write a novel.