Overcoming Writers Block

For me, Matt Haig summed it up when he said writers block = writer’s indecision. I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe in things in life that stop you writing or make it harder. In the lure of procrastination. In a lack of confidence. I believe in how on [...]

10 Writing Tips

1. WRITE. It’s so easy to do anything but. So sit your butt down and get those words out.

2. Everything you write can be changed. This is both a daunting and liberating concept. Try and focus more on the liberating side and rest safe in the knowledge that you can edit later. For now, [...]

Worldbuilding in Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels

I orginally wrote this post for the Author AllSorts blog, but thought I’d share it here too

Hi everyone! So happy to be talking to you today from the awesomness that is Author Allsorts, about one of my favourite writing topics – worldbuilding.

I am a sucker for science fiction and [...]

Author AllSorts

I’m so excited to be part of Author AllSorts, a new UK children’s and YA author blog. Not only has it been a wonderful experience talking to other writers and feeling part of a writerly group (I have always wanted to be part of a crit group, just haven’t found one near [...]

Writing is Hard

Sometimes it’s the easiest thing in the world, and the words just flow from the tips of your fingers, effortless and perfect and true. But most days -

Most days it’s difficult.

There are a million other things that suddenly seem important when you sit down to write – for me it’s [...]

When Your Characters Surprise You

They’re sneaky things, characters, aren’t they? You think you know them, that you know where they’re taking the story, and then BOOM!

A hidden past! A terrible secret! A link to another character you never saw coming!

As a writer who’s a mix of plotter and pantster, I love it [...]

New Year Writing Resolutions

With New Year’s Eve just a day away, I thought I’d have a think about my writing resolutions for 2013. 2012 was a crazy year for writing – it way surpassed any writing dreams or goals I had for it. If I’m honest with you, I’ve only ever had one dream in [...]

Hot Key Books Writer’s Workshop

Hi everyone! Today I just wanted to shoot out a quick post for any unagented, unpublished UK writer’s out there. My publisher Hot Key are holding their very first Weekend Writer’s Workshop on February 23rd and 24th 2013, and applications are now open! Here’s what they say they’ll do for you …

“The right mentoring [...]

How the John Lewis Christmas Advert is a Perfect Story

Ok, so no story can be perfect perfect, but this advert is a fantastic example of wonderful storytelling. There’s a lot us writers can learn from it about crafting stories. It has all the right ingredients to make it a stunner, and pulls them together with style and elegance, and for something that is just [...]