This month in my newsletter, Writing on Caffeine, I’m talking about worldbuilding, particularly magic systems. Taking some of the advice from Brandon Sanderson (of whom I am a huge fan!), I’ll take you through some key points in how to build a magic system, and what to take into consideration for your wider worldbuilding. Want … More Writing on Caffeine – February Edition
January, for me, is always a month of working out what I want to do. Figuring out what I want to set as my goals for the new year, working out what I want to do better last year, and setting my goals far too high. January has been an exciting month, as much as … More Let’s Do This
I do love a good goal. I particularly enjoy setting goals, even if I know they are overly ambitious and slightly ridiculous. Despite the current chaos of the world, here are my three reasons why writing goals are as important as ever: 1) Goals give you a location to work towards The end of your … More Why Writing Goals are Important
This month in my newsletter, Writing on Caffeine, I’m talking about Main Characters. You know, the ones we pick to tell our story, then they grow whole personalities and take the plot careering off track? Yeh, those ones. I’m talking about how to pick your cast – not in terms of number but what purpose … More Writing on Caffeine – January Edition
New Years Eve. Traditionally a time for remembrance, a time to reflect on the year gone by. However, for 2020, I think a lot of time will be spent wishing for a new year with new possibilities whilst mourning the year we have lost. This year has been brutal for everyone worldwide. The world has … More Goodbye, 2020
Each draft you create is something new. You’re having to take your time, you see, uncovering new facets of your story from deep within your bones.Your thoughts are like the sea etching away at a clifftop. It might take many years until your sculpture is complete.But, in the end, your draft will be beautiful.
It is not a question of if something will happen, but when it will happen.When you will make it happen.When you will create your dreams.
Looking back over the past few months, all my monthly blogs have started with a sense of amazement that another month has come and gone. Lockdown continues, and so does work from home, and as such life is bleeding into one continuous stream of something that I’m really not quite sure what I’ve done in. … More Time for a Change
Question why is the world the way it is? Reflect it, consider it, use it. Questions asking why mean your story starts to grow a life of it’s own. Take on new depth and meaning. So when you are stuck on a scene, or a character, or a word. Ask why.
Everything is about balance. Not about juggling in a furious attempt to keep everything in the air. Not giving up on your dreams because you feel like that time has passed. It’s about balance. Some days, your writing is the most important. On those days, you closet yourself away and write, and write, and write. … More Find a Balance (Monday Inspiration)