Event, Writing

To Hull and Back: Short Competition

You might have noticed the blog has been a little quiet lately. I usually stockpile a couple of weeks posts but between a new job and some other projects, I've fallen behind! But I should be up and running again soon. But I wanted to send out a short post today to share the good… Continue reading To Hull and Back: Short Competition

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Fiction, Literature, Writing

Your most valuable tool: But why?

What's the most valuable tool you have as a writer? That's right, it's the 'Write your way to Success' app available on iPhone and Android for the reasonable price of £19.99. Get this app and you too could be the next Stephen King in four to six months. That's right, it's the 'Write your way… Continue reading Your most valuable tool: But why?

Authors, Fiction, Literature, Writing

Rules are fun! Rules help CONTROL the fun.

How many articles or books listing ‘writing rules’ have you read? How many have you read saying that you should break them? Many of you may recognise the title of this post if you’re ever watched, Friends. Rules are fun! Rules help control the fun. The Guardian has an entire page of writing rules from authors like… Continue reading Rules are fun! Rules help CONTROL the fun.

Fiction, Literature, Writing

First draft hangover. What have we learnt?

After four years mulling and a year writing, I have now finished the first draft of my steampunk novel. Whew! I have mixed feelings on it all. It most certainly isn't a masterpiece. There are plot holes, too much telling than showing and a lack of cohesiveness which makes it feel more like a string… Continue reading First draft hangover. What have we learnt?