Getting to Know Your Protagonist and Character Development

When it comes to writing a story, one of the most important things I’ve found from my experience is to know your character. I was taught at university that it's all well and good knowing what they look like, but when it comes to their development and major plot-points within a story line, you don’t want their reaction to be something a reader could consider as “out of character”. An author needs to be within their protagonists head. They need to know all of their ins and outs, what makes them tick, every nook, cranny and crevice of their mind. Read More …

Planning Power: Roadmapping a Runaway Thought

I think it’s safe to say that when I plan something you can bet your sweet caboose that something will probably go wrong. I suck at planning. Just ask anyone who has ever asked me to organise anything ever. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s 100% always my fault, but… let’s just say I’m not entirely blameless either. When it comes to writing, I cannot emphasise ENOUGH how great and useful planning is. See I even used capitals in that last sentence, that’s how much I believe in it. Seriously, the amount of times I’ve ran with an idea for Read More …

My Reading Corner Reviews: Dead Until Dark

So before I begin, I would like to pre-preface my preface by saying that I haven't written a book review before. As this is all new to me, there’s no doubt it will probably end up being tweaked, prodded and poked as I write it, meaning I’m fully up for any constructive criticism in the way of content, structure and format. Be gentle. I’ve scoured the internet and attempted to come up with my own formula of writing a review in the form of overarching key questions with some analytical and technical points thrown in (cheers WikiHow). But in all Read More …

… And Then Life Just Happens

So I will be the first to admit it's been far too long since I last did a post. I could spin a fanciful yarn about being far too busy rescuing some fair maiden from a distant land, but I think we all know that that's just not true (at least partially anyway. I did go to China and I definitely got the girl but more on that later). Unfortunately, life just gets in the way and the thought of putting down everything that's happened into a tiny text box on my overheating laptop (seriously it's on fire right now) Read More …