Camp NaNoWriMo

For the first time tomorrow, I shall be joining the NaNoWriMo crowd. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The main NaNo event takes place in November. Participants have a goal of writing 50,000 words (a small novel) in a month. Camp NaNo events take place in April and July. Camps are more relaxed events […]

#twitterphile game – Thursday 30 June

Tomorrow, Thursday 30 June, come and play #twitterphile games with @scribotweeters. Here’s the image with the prompt. Please feel free to share this image on Twitter.  To get the most out of games: – share the prompt on your profile – tweet answers to the prompt (there is no etiquette on how many answers to give […]

Using Spreadsheets To Organise Your Writing: Sprints

When I’m doing rough writing, or first drafts, I find that writing in sprints is a helpful technique. If I keep track of sprints, it motivates me to finish my project. I don’t necessarily think that writing faster will mean you write better, but it’s certainly a good way of making sure you finish something. […]

Twitter Games

I’ve recently started up a new group of writers on Twitter, via my writing workshop site, Scribophile. We have a group Twitter account with the username @scribotweeters, and we are going to start playing weekly games which everyone can join in. The image for the first game is at the top of the post. Please […]

Rock the Vault!

It is a writer’s job to draw readers into the fictional story so completely that they forget the real world. Our goal is to render them powerless, so despite the late hour, mountain of laundry, or workday ahead, they cannot give up the journey unfolding within the paper-crisp pages before them. Strong, compelling writing comes […]

Very Basic Guide To Twitter

These days, if you want to be a writer, you’re told you need to have an author platform. But what do those mysterious words mean? They mean having some kind of presence on the internet. And to be honest, if all you want to do is write books, the internet can be scary and feel […]

Book Review: The Urban Setting Thesaurus

The Urban Setting Thesaurus – A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces (Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi) This book is the latest offering from the ladies behind the Emotion Thesaurus, one of my most-read how-to write books. The Urban Setting Thesaurus starts with a discussion of how to use setting to assist with characterisation and back […]