• Fiction,  Writing prompts,  Writing quotes,  writing tips

    What About That Other Character?

     “THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT: YOU SIT DOWN AT THE KEYBOARD AND YOU PUT ONE WORD AFTER ANOTHER UNTIL IT’S DONE. IT’S THAT EASY, AND THAT HARD.”  Neil Gaiman I have to admit I love Neil Gaiman’s writing and what he has to say about writing. My favourite children’s book, written, interestingly enough from the Dad’s point of view, is Fortunately the Milk. If you haven’t read it, you really should. It’s short, and a hilarious story for all age groups. Having said that, yesterday’s post, How To Get Your Character Out of the Room, has some great tips that you might want to check out, if you missed…

  • Fiction,  How To Write A Novel: Step by Step,  writing tips

    HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL: Step by Step

    Getting Your Character Out of the Room “I do believe that characters in novels belong to their writers and their readers pretty equally. I’ve learned a lot of things about the characters I write from people who read about them. Readers expand them in ways I don’t think of and take them to places I can’t go.“ Anne Brashares How do I get my character out of the room?” This is the dilema that caught me completely off-guard and threw me into a bout of writer’s block when I first began to write my novel. The situation is not nearly as scary if you have a few scenes already crafted, but still,…

  • Fiction,  The Writing Life,  Writing prompts,  Writing quotes,  writing tips

    What Good Authors Do

    Below are some tips I’ve collected over the years about what good writers do. There is nothing wrong with modelling your practice after the writers who have met with great success. Here are some timeless quotes from a few of the greats. Good writers respect the reader. Lack of courtesy may be the chief fault that distinguishes unsuccessful writing from the most successful…The reader of fiction is primarily seeking an experience different from and greater than his or her daily experiences in life. How to Grow a Novel—Sol Stein Good writers do not simply describe a barn. Good writers describe a barn as seen by someone in a particular mood, because only…

  • Creativity,  Fiction,  Writing prompts,  Writing quotes,  writing tips

    Looking for Inspiration?

    The best thing to do, when you don’t know what to write, is just to write. Somewhere. Anywhere. Today, to get the creative juices flowing, have a look at today’s prompt. You can never ask, what if too many times. Next Monday, there will be another post about developing compelling characters, in my HOW TO WRITE A NOVEl: Step by Step series. Tuesday to Friday, I’ll post an inspirational quote along with a writing prompt, in case you get stuck. WRITING PROMPT Tip: Brainstorm all the places this scary guy may show up. Find a reason to put yourself in that setting and begin to write. Don’t forget, looks can…

  • Fiction,  How To Write A Novel: Step by Step,  The Writing Life,  writing tips

    CHARACTERS

    HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL: STEP BY STEP I write Young Adult fiction, so my main character will be around High School age. If you are writing an adult book, you won’t need to worry about the ages of your characters. Who Are These People? Perhaps a better question is, “How Do You Find These People?” The first, most obvious answer is, YOU. I often find myself thinking about who I was in high school. What did I think about? What was important to me? I also draw on other experiences in my memory to evoke emotions, even though the situations are totally different. For example, in my current contemporary…