Poll: Do you Write in Chronological or Non-Chronological Order?

A question that’s been on my mind today as I start work on a new novel (I know! Exciting! More on this later :)) – who writes their novels in chronological order? As with all things writing, there’s no right or wrong way, but I’m interested to know how many people prefer following their stories [...]

How to Write a Novel in a Month for NaNoWriMo

It’s over halfway through November, which means longer nights and cold, winter-touched air, the start of Christmas present shopping, and also that it’s finally acceptable to have two cups of hot chocolate a day (or at least, to me it is). But it also means something else for a lot of people – they’re in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]