As a reader and, more importantly, as a writer, this series offers a treasure trove of inspiration, skill, and finesse and we can all learn a great deal from it. Here are just a few reasons why everyone who loves to write – and read – should put Six of Crows at the top of their To Be Read Pile. Continue reading Six Reasons Every Writer Should Read Six of Crows
Diversity in race, sexuality, socioeconomic background and more in YA books plays a fundamental role in providing young people with a sense of identity, belonging and validity.
Most of the time. Continue reading That Book Ouch Moment
External conflict on its own rarely stands up as being big enough, emotional enough or important enough. Yes, external factors are important in keeping a story moving, but internal factors are the driving force behind character arc and development, and our pathways to making two-dimensional, imaginary characters human. Real. Continue reading Conflict, Inside and Out
As wonderful as my character’s tragic backstory or hushed conversation might be, none of that matters an iota if I don’t get the beginning right. Continue reading Don’t Start at the Beginning
Listening to the world around you – yes, perhaps more than is polite – is a surefire way to realistically represent the world around you, no matter the setting, time period or characters. Continue reading What I Meant to Say Was…
Let’s delve a little into point of view choice between first, second and third, and see what influencers, challenges and story elements will help us make our decisions about which to use.
Every writer has their own style and approach to a story. Some research first, others outline and plan, and some dive right in with nothing more than a name and a vague idea for where their novel might end up. As you can probably guess, I’m not one of those people. Continue reading The Writing Process – There’s No Road Map