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 […]

The Right Words, In The Right Place

“It’s been one of those days. Nothing’s going right at work, you’ve spilled coffee down your favorite shirt and your boss is being impossible with a last-minute request. Naturally he comes to you with this as you’re walking out the door at 5 o’clock. Grudgingly you comply and, now 45 minutes late leaving the office, […]

How Long Does It Take To Write A Book?

How long does it take to write a book? Hmm, tricky question. And the answer probably depends on who is asking. If you are a fledgling writer, the answer is, “How long is a piece of string?”. It might depend on how much time you have available, your style of writing and the book genre. […]

Managing Writer’s Block

It happened. It happens to all of us who live to write and write to live. It’s still rather dreadful. The feared writer’s block, enemy of progress, killer of page count, destroyer of dreams. Short Stories and Writer’s Block Okay, okay, that’s dramatic. As you can see, I am not currently experiencing a lack of […]

What is Creative Writing?

Some words become used so regularly we begin to take them for granted. Creative writing is such a term; it acts as a definition for writing courses, for authors’ mutual support groups and sundry other uses. Yet, when we delve into creativity, the term is far more contentious than we have been led to believe. […]

What + What = A Romantic Hero?

I took part the other day in a writing competition wherein I had to come up with the first thirty pages of a romance novel to be viewed by editors from three well known publishing houses. The concept was fairly easy to come up with, as was the heroine. However I struggled with one very […]

Why Writers Should Collaborate

When I first started writing I was so scared that someone would steal my work that I kept it hidden from any and all prying eyes. I saw every other author as my competition and I guess that without realizing it, I believed that there were only a finite number of ideas to be had […]

Inspiration – How to Make Sure You Never Run Out

Some people are natural born storytellers. A knock on the door is an inspiration for them. Others cannot find stories no matter how hard they look. To keep inspiration flowing I’ve tried all these techniques at some time or the other. Reverse Engineer Good Plots already Out There ‘Under the Dome’’ – what is this […]

Procrastination: 5 Ways to Defeat the Dream Killer

Each morning I wake up at 4am, pour myself a strong cup of tea then take a seat at my desk. My wife is still asleep along with the rest of the world and for two hours I will be alone and undisturbed. This precious writing time has been set aside with the aim of […]