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 […]

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 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 […]

How to Write Crime Fiction – Tip Three: Creating Those Characters

t’s not only a question of the artist looking into himself but also of his looking into others with the experience he has of himself . He writes with sympathy because he feels that the other man is like him.Georges Simenon Although you may prefer a quiet place where you can sit with your notebook […]

5 Things to Consider before Self-Publishing from the Caribbean

When I initially decided to become an author the first thing I had to consider was whether I should self-publish or go traditional. I looked at self-publishing as it allowed me to target an international market. Let’s face it, getting a conventional publishing deal from a local publisher is near impossible and most of them […]