Grammar 101 for Writers: Sentence Structure

Hi Everybody! Grammar 101 for Writers started as an idea when Kathryn Bax sent out a request for people writing an article on a regular basis for One Stop Fiction, I immediately wanted to join. But what to write? I don’t have much experience in reading or writing as I only started writing less than two […]

Patreon for Writers

What is Patreon? Patreon is a platform for content creators to showcase and disseminate their works and, potentially, obtain a sustainable income, all the while connecting you, the author, with your fan base. Patreon is more in line with a subscription-based program, than say a crowdfunding platform like Indiegogo or Kickstarter. Having a successful Patreon database […]

Writing in the Haar

What is the Haar? The haar in Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland, can refer to a light coastal fog or a downright pea-souper. Either way, if you’re out in haar there’s an eerie, almost unworldly quality about it. If driving, fog lights are pretty useless since haar has a tendency to drift in and out like the tidal surges […]

Grammar 101: Grammar 101: Subject, Object & Passive Voice.

Let`s look at the subject of subject and object objectively. Sorry, I couldn`t resist. As I am learning English as a foreign language, I am always confused with the words subject and object. I often think the subject is the object, especially when the subject isn`t a person but an actual object. The word subject actually isn`t subjected but subjects the object to his action […]

How and Where to Find Readers for Your Books

How and Where to Find Readers for Your Books Readers are everywhere! However, knowing your specific target audience will help you with the writing process, as well as your marketing strategy. How and Where to Find Readers for Your Books You just need to find out where they are in order to invite them to […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Eight: A Crime Fiction Writing Checklist

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Eight: A Crime Fiction Writing Checklist Now that we’ve gone through the essential elements that make a successful crime novel, here is a checklist to keep you on the path to success: Analyse novels you’ve enjoyed to try to see why you did. Pay particular attention to the first three […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Six: Forensics

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Six: Forensics As a writer, getting the crime scene and the procedural of the police right is obviously a priority for your novel. In this section we look at ways and means of getting the forensics right and how, police divisions within the UK and how to kill […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Seven: Tips for Better Writing

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Seven: Tips for Better Writing   Using Maps and Sketches for Better Writing Sketches of key locations and interiors are a safeguard against mistakes and sometimes suggest plot developments. When you write that Fred escaped through the bathroom window at the rear of the manor house and ran […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Tip Five: Openings and Hooks

How to Write Crime Fiction – Tip Five: Openings and Hooks   Your opening is your selling point for your crime novel. It needs to grab the reader’s attention by presenting to him/her something unusual or tantalising! We call this THE HOOK! Examples of Starting a Crime Novel with Good Hooks: In The Talented Mr […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Part Four: Whose Point of View?

No matter what the genre, including crime fiction, we need to decide when writing, who will be telling the story. This is known as the viewpoint. The Point of View (POV) At this stage, it is necessary to decide from whose angle the story is to be told. This makes a material difference to the […]