Fictional research – yes, it does exist

All fiction, regardless of genre, requires some research. This may be choosing a spot in the middle of the Pacific to create your own island nation, discovering if it’s physically possible for a plane to fly five times the speed of sound, or finding a common Scottish name for your hero. There might be small…

The writing retreat

I am halfway through my week long writing retreat and I have to say that so far, this works for me. The days a so long that I feel like I’ve already overextended my stay and my worries seemed to have fallen- out of the car somewhere along the drive here. Each day, I stay…

Tools to help you write (pen excluded)

Listening to a great song can make you run up a hill faster. Silence can focus your concentration during an exam. And candlelight can bolster romantic feelings during a special dinner. Like all these pairings, there are certain things which support the act of writing. Here’s a list of situations and activities which I have…

WOW! I want to write a book!

When I tell people that I am writing a book, I get one of three standard responses; 1) I could never do that, 2) Do I have a great story idea for you? Or 3) Oh, wow! I’ve always wanted to do that.   The people in the first category are probably the smart ones…

Meeting your protagonist

There are countless articles and writing courses that tell you to know you main characters before you start writing. Not just what they will do throughout the manuscript, but why they do those things. What is their motivation, history, personality? The list goes on. The need to know your character like you would a friend…

Knowing what is a short story and what is a novel

A trouble I sometimes have in sorting out my various story ideas is; what is a short story, and what can support the length of a novel? Unfortunately, there is no hard a fast rule. Most stories can go either way, but will lean more to one side or the other. If you are having…

Writing advice

Possibly the most useful piece of writing advice I have ever received, came from my year 2 teacher. She was a passionate and dedicated teacher who inspired and challenged her students to write more often, and to write better. Despite the fact that I was only seven years old at the time, she taught us…

The Great Wall of Mexico and other strange musings

There are some people in my life, who are amazed that I can come up with so many stories. How could I possibly be so creative and make all the stories so different? What they don’t understand is that the wonder is two-directional; how can they have such a solid grounding in realty? I wonder…

NaNoWriMo

With 1 week and 14,000 words down in NaNoWriMo, this is what I have learned; It is easier to write when you have a fully formed idea of what you are writing. Taking a little extra time to think about the details you write into a scene, character or dialogue can significantly enhance the story,…

Why Fiction?

There are some people who believe that fiction is a throw away genre; that only non-fiction can teach us about the world we live in. There are some who believe that my shelves of fiction books are not as important as my reference library. But why must we choose? Stories were passed down the generations…